Acts and Hebrews

BA (Hons) in Theology - Year 1
COURSE UNIT 224 - 8224


The unit begins with a brief overview over the apostolic era and a discussion of introductory issues relating to both texts such as authorship, date, audience, and purpose.  Some attention is paid to the parting of the ways of Jews and Christians.  With respect to Hebrews its Christology is highlighted, with respect to Acts the issue of ‘the Paul of the epistles and the Paul of Acts’ is discussed.  Throughout the unit selected passages are interpreted in an interactive process.


To enable students to understand and apply some key books of the NT.


Category of outcome

By the end of this unit students should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

·      Describe the structure, themes and main contents of Acts and Hebrews

Intellectual skills

·      Discuss matters of introduction relating to these books

Practical and Transferable skills; Personal qualities

·      Demonstrate developed exegetical skills

·      Expound biblical passages with confidence

·      Explain the relevance of the NT books studied for today’s church


Assessment task


Weighting within unit



500 words

2000 words




·         224:

·         8224:

An essay plan

An essay



3000 words

2000 words






·         224:

·         8224:

An essay

An essay

and a learning journal*


* Distance learning students are required to pass this element. So long as this element has been passed, they will be eligible for compensation if the overall unit mark is within the compensation zone (30-39%), and the compensatable credit allowance as set out in the Degree Regulations has not been exceeded.




Available on which programme(s)?

BA in Theology


1.    Why Acts and Hebrews together?  Introduction to Acts

2.    The Holy Spirit, tongues and prophecy

3.    The end of Acts and the position of the Jews

4.    Christians and the Roman empire

5.    Paulinism and theology in Acts

6.    The use of the OT in Acts

7.    Using Acts today; the community of goods

8.    The structure of Hebrews

9.    Hebrews’ use of the OT

10.  Audience and purpose of Hebrews

11.  The atonement in Hebrews

Teaching method

Interactive lectures

Additional eLearning content

Unit materials are available at Spurgeon’s Online to support student learning


Written feedback within 15 working days from submission

Date of approval (for office use)


Information updated on

December 2015


Indicative reading

Commentaries on Acts by F.F. Bruce (NICNT), Darrell L. Bock (Baker), Ajith Fernando (NIVAC), Luke Timothy Johnson (Sacra pagina), I. Howard Marshall (Tyndale). D.G. Peterson (Pillar) and Ben Witherington III

Commentaries on Hebrews by F.F. Bruce (NICNT), Paul Ellingworth (NIGTC), George H. Guthrie (NIVAC), Donald A. Hagner (NIBC), Craig R. Koester (Anchor) and William L. Lane (Word)

Green, Chris, The word of His grace: A guide to teaching and preaching from Acts (Leicester: IVP, 2005)

Hagner, Donald A., Encountering the Book of Hebrews (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2002)

Lincoln, Andrew T., Hebrews (London: T & T Clark, 2006)

Lindars, Barnabas, The Theology of the Letter to the Hebrews. New Testament Theology (Cambridge: CUP, 1991)

Martin, Ralph P., and Peter H. Davids (eds), Dictionary of the Later New Testament and its Developments (Leicester: IVP, 1997)

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Acts and Hebrews

BA (Hons) in Theology - Year 1
Course Unit 224 - 8224





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