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Online · School of Divinity · Biblical Studies


  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 02/04/2020

Course Description

An intensive exegetical study of Hebrews. The course includes an investigation of the doctrines of Christ, especially His mediatorship and priesthood and the use of the Old Testament in this book. A verse-by-verse exposition will follow a brief study of authorship, background, destination and purpose.





Hebrews is one of the more important books in the New Testament. This is due to a number of reasons: (1) it presents more “unsettled problems” (2) it makes a more extensive use of the Jewish Scriptures than any other New Testament document, (3) it is the major work on Jesus’ high priestly ministry, (4) there are widespread interest and historical debates over its severe warning texts, (5) it has a skillful construction and scholarly appeal, and (6) it has as its message a “word of encouragement” (13:22). Hebrews is, therefore, one of the most crucial New Testament books, which will be to the benefit of the student to master.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Explain the letter’s political, religious, and cultural context.
  2. Examine select issues regarding the interpretation of Hebrews.
  3. Discuss issues related to difficult letters in the letter.
  4. Apply some of the book’s truths to daily life.
  5. Analyze the Epistle’s major theological themes.

Course Resources

Required Resources

The resources below are provided in the course at no cost to the student.

Bateman IV, Herbert. Four Views on the Warning Passages in Hebrews. Grand Rapids: Kregel Academic and Professional, 2007.

Cockerill, Gareth. L. The Epistle to the Hebrews (New International Commentary on the New Testament). Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2012.

Guthrie, George. Hebrews: The NIV Application Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1998.

Wright, Tom. Hebrews for Everyone, 2nd ed. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 2004.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Additional Materials for Learning

  1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
  2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
  3. Blackboard recommended browsers
  4. Microsoft Word
  5. School of Divinity Writing Guide:

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (5)

There will be 5 Discussion Board Forums throughout this course. The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided topic for each forum. Each thread must be 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 200 words. Assertions should be supported with citations in current Turabian format. Acceptable sources include textbooks, scholarly sources/articles, and online sources approved by the instructor (the textbook, the Bible, etc.).

Book Critique

The student will write a 5–10-page book critique in current Turabian format that focuses on a critical review of Four Views on the Warning Passages in Hebrews.

Research Paper

The student will write a 10–15-page research-oriented paper in current Turabian format that focuses on a topic related to the letter to the Hebrews. The paper must include at least 7 references in addition to the class textbooks and the Bible.

Exams (4)

Each exam will cover the Reading & Study material for the modules/weeks in which it is assigned. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes. Exams 1 and 2 will contain 30 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 1-hour and 15-minute time limit. Exams 3 and 4 will contain 30 multiple-choice, true/false, multiple-answer, and short answer questions, and have a 1-hour and 15-minute time limit.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist


Discussion Board Forums (5 at 50 pts ea)


Book Critique


Research Paper


Exams (4 at 90 pts ea)





Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at


NBST 621

Textbooks: Bateman, Four Views on the Warning Passages in Hebrews (2007).

Cockerill, The Epistle to the Hebrews (2012).

Guthrie, Hebrews: The NIV Application Commentary (1998).

Wright, Hebrews for Everyone (2004).


Reading & Study




Bateman: pp. 23–128

Cockerill: pp. 1–81

Guthrie: pp. 17–44

Wright: pp. ix–x

2 presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1





Bateman: pp. 129–232

Cockerill: pp. 85–152

Guthrie: pp. 45–123

Wright: pp. 1–21

2 presentations

DB Forum 2

Exam 1




Bateman: pp. 233–335

Cockerill: pp. 153–220

Guthrie: pp. 124–172

Wright: pp. 21–42

2 presentations

DB Forum 3



Bateman: pp. 336–445

Cockerill: pp. 221–250

Guthrie: pp. 173–199

Wright: pp. 42–50

1 presentation

Book Critique

Exam 2




Cockerill: pp. 251–345

Guthrie: pp. 200–276

Wright: pp. 51–80

2 presentations

DB Forum 4



Cockerill: pp. 345–460

Guthrie: pp. 277–339

Wright: pp. 81–114

2 presentations

DB Forum 5

Exam 3




Cockerill: pp. 460–600

Guthrie: pp. 340–394

Wright: pp. 114–146

2 presentations

Research Paper



Cockerill: pp. 600–722

Guthrie: pp. 395–452

Wright: pp. 147–180

3 presentations

Exam 4




DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Each course week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.