Letters to the Church

Letters to the Church

A Survey of Hebrews and the General Epistles

Karen H. Jobes
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  • October 31, 2011

  • New Testament Studies

About the Authors

Karen H.  Jobes

Karen H. Jobes

Ph.D., Westminister Theological Seminary

Karen H. Jobes is the Gerald F. Hawthorne Professor Emerita of New Testament Greek and Exegesis at Wheaton College and Graduate School in Wheaton, Illinois. The author of several works, she has also been involved in Bible translation. She and her husband are members of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.


Respected New Testament scholar Karen Jobes explores the cultural and theological background of Hebrews and the general epistles (James through Jude) in this rich commentary. Writing from an evangelical perspective, Jobes addresses issues of historical relevance as well as how these ancient books connect with Christian faith and practice today.

Letters to the Church includes:

  • Historical background for each book focusing on authorship, genre, date, and content
  • An exploration of the major themes in each book and detailed commentary on key passages
  • Boxes with chapter goals, outlines, challenges, and significant verses
  • Sidebars addressing difficult passages or ideas
  • Maps, photographs, charts, and definitions
  • Questions for discussion, reflection, and testing
  • A comparison of the teachings about Christ in each of the letters.

Pastors, professors, students, and laypeople interested in deeper biblical study will find this an invaluable resource that offers well-researched commentary in an accessible, spiritually meaningful form.

Course Outline

  • How to Use This Book

  • Introducing Hebrews and the General epistles


  • 1. Introducing Hebrews: The Book of Better Things

  • 2. Famous Last Words: Divine Revelation in Hebrews

  • 3. The Son Is Our Great High Priest: The Christology of Hebrews

  • 4. “How Shall We Escape?” The Soteriology of Hebrews


  • 5. Introducing the Letter from James: Prophet and Sage of the Kingdom of God

  • 6. A Christian Letter? A Christology in James

  • 7. The “Royal Law”: Christian Wisdom and Ethics in James

  • 8. Jude: Jesus’ Brother Warns the Church


  • 9. “The True Grace of God”: Introducing 1 Peter

  • 10. “Christ Has left You an Example”: The Christology of 1 Peter

  • 11. Foreigners and Resident Aliens: The Imitatio Christi in Peter’s Ethics

  • 12. 2 Peter: An Apostle’s Last Words to the Church


  • 13. 1 John: Reassurance for Christians in Confusing Times

  • 14. 2 and 3 John: Notes of Grace and Truth

  • Glossary

  • Scripture Index

  • Index of Extrabiblical Ancient Texts

  • Index of Authors

  • Subject Index


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