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Mobile Ed: NT362 Exegetical Study: Letter to the Hebrews

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Lexham Press 2014–2017

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Overview

In Exegetical Study: Letter to the Hebrews Dr. David deSilva takes an in-depth look at the sermon to the Hebrews. He sets the stage for careful exegesis by providing a solid foundation of background information that probes cultural, theological, and spiritual issues throughout the sermon. He then walks through the text, which is divided thematically into eleven units, concluding each section with a summary and challenges for application. DeSilva also explores this text as a model for preaching today.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion you should be able to:

  • Explain the cosmic significance of Jesus’ role as high priest
  • Understand the warning passages in Heb 6:4–8 and 10:26–31
  • Describe important cultural features such as patronage, reciprocity, and honor and shame
  • Recognize the debt of gratitude you owe God for the gifts He has given you
  • Encourage other Christians to persevere in the face of difficult circumstances
  • Learn five strategies for preaching an effective sermon

Course Outline

Introduction

  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course

Unit 1: “To the Hebrews” and the Art of Preaching

  • Always Give Them Jesus
  • Shape the Moment with Scripture
  • Hold Them Accountable
  • Make It Meaty
  • Release Their Passion for Excellence
  • Don’t Lose Sight of Life’s Top Priority
  • Don’t Lose Sight of What You Have in Christ: Part 1
  • Don’t Lose Sight of What You Have in Christ: Part 2
  • Don’t Lose Sight of What Is Due God
  • Don’t Lose Sight of One Another

Unit 2: Themes and Background of Hebrews

  • Main Themes and Challenges of Hebrews
  • Letter from Paul or His Circle?
  • Signs of Author’s Education: Part 1
  • Signs of Author’s Education: Part 2
  • Author’s Cultural Location: Part 1
  • Author’s Cultural Location: Part 2
  • Jews, Jewish Christians, or Gentile Christians?
  • Congregation in Italy?
  • Social Level, Conversion, and Socialization
  • History of Tension and Harassment
  • Challenges to Community and Author’s Goals
  • Author’s Pursuit of Pastoral Goals
  • Encouraging One Another
  • When Was Hebrews Written?

Unit 3: Hebrews 1:1–2:4

  • Argumentative Flow
  • Wisdom and Early Christianity
  • Encomium on the Son: Part 1
  • Encomium on the Son: Part 2
  • Why Focus on Angels?
  • The Son’s Superiority to Angels: Part 1
  • The Son’s Superiority to Angels: Part 2
  • Argumentative Goal and Rhetorical Force
  • Perennial and Particular Challenges and Contributions

Unit 4: Hebrews 2:5–18

  • Christological Reading of Psalm 8
  • Why a Suffering Messiah?
  • The Son’s Solidarity with Many Sons and Daughters
  • Freedom from Fear; Jesus’ Qualifications
  • Priestly Messiahs in Early Judaism
  • Rhetorical Force, Challenges, and Contributions

Unit 5: Hebrews 3:1–4:13

  • Christ, Moses, and the Congregation in God’s House: Part 1
  • Christ, Moses, and the Congregation in God’s House: Part 2
  • Reading Psalm 95:7–11 in the Septuagint
  • Analyzing and Applying the Episode of Numbers 14
  • Entering God’s Rest
  • Concluding Appeal and Reinforcement
  • Rhetorical Force, Challenges, and Contributions

Unit 6: Hebrews 4:14–5:10

  • Core Appeal Based on Jesus’ Priestly Mediation
  • Demonstration of Christ’s Appointment to High Priesthood
  • Manner of Christ’s Appointment to High Priesthood
  • Rhetorical Force, Challenges, and Contributions

Unit 7: Hebrews 5:11–6:20

  • Argumentative Flow
  • Shaming the Congregation
  • Path to Recovery and Solemn Warning
  • Argument from Analogy in Support of Warning
  • Way Forward to Deliverance Instead of Disaster
  • Reasons to Move Forward with Confidence
  • Rhetorical Force, Challenges, and Contributions

Unit 8: Hebrews 7:1–8:13

  • Overview
  • Melchizedek and the Son of God
  • Melchizedek’s Elevation above Levi
  • Wanted: A Priest in Melchizedek’s Line
  • Jesus’ Mediation: More Reliable in Every Respect
  • Voluntary Death on Behalf of Others in Early Judaism
  • Superior Venue for Priestly Mediation: Part 1
  • Superior Venue for Priestly Mediation: Part 2
  • Reading and Applying Jeremiah 31:31–34
  • Rhetorical Force, Challenges, and Contributions

Unit 9: Hebrews 9:1–10:18

  • Argumentative Flow
  • Arrangement of the Earthly Tabernacle
  • Interpretation and Evaluation of the Earthly Tabernacle
  • Jesus’ Death as Cosmic Day of Atonement
  • Cosmic and Ritual Significance of Jesus’ Ascension
  • Establishing the Need for a Better Sacrifice
  • Reading Psalm 40:6–8 in the Septuagint: Jesus Supplying the Need
  • Conclusion to the Central Argument
  • Rhetorical Force, Challenges, and Contributions

Unit 10: Hebrews 10:19–39

  • Argumentative Flow
  • Resumption of Core Appeal Based on Jesus’ Priestly Mediation
  • A Solemn Warning Revisited
  • Encouragement to Persevere: Part 1
  • Encouragement to Persevere: Part 2
  • Rhetorical Force, Challenges, and Contributions

Unit 11: Hebrews 11:1–13:3

  • Overview and Argumentative Flow
  • “Faith” in Hebrews
  • Faith Exhibited before the Flood
  • Faith Exhibited by Abraham and Sarah
  • Summary Statement about Faith in Action
  • Faith Exhibited by the Patriarchs
  • Faith Exhibited by Moses and Joshua’s Generation: Part 1
  • Faith Exhibited by Moses and Joshua’s Generation: Part 2
  • Faith Exhibited by Too Many to Name: Part 1
  • Faith Exhibited by Too Many to Name: Part 2
  • Best Example of Faith in Action: Jesus (Part 1)
  • Best Example of Faith in Action: Jesus (Part 2)
  • Rhetorical Force, Challenges, and Contributions

Unit 12: Hebrews 12:4–29

  • Argumentative Flow
  • Embracing the Situation’s Challenges as Formative Discipline: Part 1
  • Embracing the Situation’s Challenges as Formative Discipline: Part 2
  • Further Encouragement and an Anti-Example: Part 1
  • Further Encouragement and an Anti-Example: Part 2
  • Incomparable Advantages of Approaching God through Jesus
  • Positive and Negative Incentives to Show Gratitude
  • Rhetorical Force, Challenges and Contributions

Unit 13: Hebrews 13:1–25

  • Overview
  • Key Behavioral and Attitudinal Orientations: Part 1
  • Key Behavioral and Attitudinal Orientations: Part 2
  • Finding Stability in the Midst of the Storm
  • Proper Responses to Jesus’ Self-Giving and God’s Promises
  • Closing Instructions and Remarks: Part 1
  • Closing Instructions and Remarks: Part 2
  • Rhetorical Force and Challenges
  • Sacredness of Christian Life

Conclusion

  • Love, Discipleship, and Gratitude

Product Details

  • Title: NT362 Exegetical Study: Letter to the Hebrews
  • Instructor: David A. deSilva
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 1
  • Video Hours: 15

About the Instructor

Dr. David A. deSilva, PhD, is the Trustees’ Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Greek at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ohio, where he’s taught since 1995.

He’s written over 20 books in the areas of New Testament and Second Temple Judaism, including Unholy Allegiances: Heeding Revelation’s Warning (Hendrickson, 2013), The Jewish Teachers of Jesus, James, and Jude (Oxford, 2012),Seeing Things John’s Way: The Rhetoric of the Book of Revelation (WJKP, 2009), An Introduction to the New Testament: Contexts, Methods & Ministry Formation (IVP, 2004), Introducing the Apocrypha (Baker Academic, 2002), and Perseverance in Gratitude: A Socio-rhetorical Commentary on the Epistle “to the Hebrews” (Eerdmans, 2000). He’s also interested in spiritual formation, having written Sacramental Life: Spiritual Formation through the Book of Common Prayer (IVP, 2008) and Praying with John Wesley (Discipleship Resources, 2001).

He’s ordained in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church, and serves as director of music and organist at Christ United Methodist Church in Ashland. He and his wife, Donna Jean, have three sons.

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