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Mobile Ed: NT391 Hospitality in the New Testament (6 hour course)

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What does hospitality look like for the authors of the New Testament? Dr. Joshua Jipp presents the biblical concept of hospitality through a thorough examination of the relevant literature in Luke-Acts, the Gospel of John, and the Pauline Letters. The course begins by exploring the ancient background of hospitality as practiced in the Graeco-Roman world and ancient Israel. Dr. Jipp pays particular attention to Jesus because the hospitality that he practiced, as both guest and host, became the exemplar for the apostles and the early church, and should be the model that the church exhibits today. Jipp’s masterful study of a common, yet understudied, theme in the New Testament is highly organized, exegetically sound, and theologically stimulating, thus giving this course great potential for application in the local church and beyond.

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Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion you should be able to:

  • Grasp the importance of hospitality in the ancient world, including familiarity with Graeco-Roman and Hebrew sources
  • Define “hospitality,” as it is understood in the New Testament, and articulate the purpose and consequences of engaging in hospitality
  • Formulate a deeper understanding of who Jesus was and is through a comprehensive study of his own practice of hospitality, both during his time on earth and now as head of the church
  • Explain how hospitality creates “sacred spaces” that facilitate the church’s worship of the Lord Jesus Christ
  • Discuss the significance of meals in the ancient world and how meals in the church today can serve to further the spread of the gospel
  • Articulate the unifying power of hospitality in the church to bring disparate groups of people together for the sake of the gospel

Course Outline


  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course
  • Defining Hospitality

Unit 1: The Historical Context of Hospitality

  • Introduction to Background Texts
  • Homer’s Odyssey
  • Dio Chrysostom’s The Hunter
  • Ovid’s Metamorphoses
  • Synthesis of Graeco-Roman Sources
  • Hospitality in the Old Testament
  • Abraham’s Hospitality
  • The Hospitality of Lot and the Sodomites
  • The Immigrant Patriarchs
  • Hospitality in the Torah
  • Summary Thoughts

Unit 2: Hospitality in Luke’s Gospel

  • Overview of Hospitality in Luke
  • Review of Divine Visitations
  • Jesus, the Agent of God’s Visitation
  • Jesus, the Journeying Stranger
  • Responding to Jesus: Simon and the Sinful Woman
  • Responding to Jesus: A Samaritan Village
  • Responding to Jesus: Galilean Households
  • Responding to Jesus: The Pharisees
  • Responding to Jesus: Mary and Martha
  • Responding to Jesus: Zacchaeus
  • Jesus, the Divine Host
  • Hosting the Eschatological Banquet
  • The Messiah’s Food
  • Proclaiming Yahweh’s Welcome
  • Feeding the Multitudes
  • Eating with Sinners
  • Sharing the Last Supper
  • The Guest Becomes Host
  • Summary: Jesus as Host in Luke’s Gospel
  • The Ethics of Jesus’ Hospitality
  • Jesus’ Agents and Emissaries
  • Being a Neighbor
  • Eating Bread in God’s Kingdom
  • True Sons of Abraham
  • The Economies of Two Kingdoms

Unit 3: Hospitality in Acts

  • Overview of Hospitality in Acts
  • Extending Christ’s Table
  • The Meals of the Early Church
  • The Inclusion of the Gentiles
  • Creating a Sacred Household
  • The Conclusion of Acts
  • Concluding Comments on Luke-Acts

Unit 4: Hospitality in John’s Gospel

  • Overview of Hospitality in John’s Gospel
  • Divine Revelation and Human Recognition
  • Jesus as a Heavenly Stranger
  • Providing New Covenant Wine
  • Providing Living Water
  • Providing Bread of Life
  • The Foot Washing

Unit 5: Hospitality in Paul

  • Overview of Hospitality in Paul’s Letters
  • Meals in Corinth
  • Celebrating Jesus’ Hospitality
  • Implementing Jesus’ Hospitality
  • Hospitality in Paul’s Mission
  • Hospitality in Romans
  • The Roman Church’s Hospitality
  • Unity and Creating Kinship


  • Concluding Comments

Product Details

  • Title: NT391 Hospitality in the New Testament
  • Instructor: Joshua Jipp
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 1
  • Video Hours: 6
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About the Instructor

Dr. Joshua Jipp has taught New Testament in a variety of settings, including as a teaching fellow at TEDS, before joining the faculty at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He enjoys baseball, basketball, hiking outdoors, and spending time with his wife, Amber, and their two sons. His most recent scholarly work includes Paul’s Areopagus Speech of Acts 17:16–34 as Both Critique and Propaganda in theJournal of Biblical Literature, and Divine Visitations and Hospitality to Strangers in Luke–Acts: An Interpretation of the Malta Episode in Acts 28:1–10 (Brill). He’s currently working on a book on Pauline Christology for Fortress Press and the Two Horizons Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles for Eerdmans.


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  1. Ray Mills

    Ray Mills


  2. Tim Kuhn

    Tim Kuhn


    I wonder what others have thought of this course. Dr. Jipp does a good job explaining his points, I just don't know if I agree with seeing everything he points to through the lens of hospitality. I believe that is a part of how we can read certain passages, but I am not fully convinced that it is the main focus of all the passages. Hospitality is something I was excited to look into more, so we will see where this goes.
  3. Clinton Wood

    Clinton Wood


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