Online Courses Summer Sale!
Get 30% OFF any self-study course, including already discounted course bundles.
 Use Code: SUMMER24

Letters to the Church
Zondervan Academic

Letters to the Church

This course introduces the cultural and theological background of Hebrews and the general epistles, addressing issues of historical relevance as well as how these books connect with Christian faith and practice today from an evangelical perspective.

At a Glance

  • Introduction the historical background and authorship of each general epistle
  • Overview of the themes and content of each book and insight into how to apply the messages of each book today
  • Access to all course material—video lectures, readings, key concept reviews, and quizzes
  • Access to the Cerego learning system to build memory retention of course objectives
  • 24/7 access for 12 months to complete the course at your own pace


120 hours


This course can be taken for academic credit through the BibleMesh Institute: Click Here.

More Details

The Letters to the Church course introduces the cultural and theological background of Hebrews and the general epistles (James through Jude). Taught from an evangelical perspective by respected New Testament scholar Karen Jobes, the course addresses issues of historical relevance as well as connecting these ancient Scriptural books to Christian faith and practice today.

Letters to the Church covers historical background for each book focusing on authorship, genre, date, and content, as well as an exploration of the major themes in each book.

Course Outline

  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? 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 Imatatio 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


About the Technology

Author & Instructor

Karen H. Jobes
Dr. 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.