How to study the books of James, 1 & 2 Peter, and Jude
You probably already know that the books of James, 1 & 2 Peter, and Jude are some of the most read—and mis-read—books of the New Testament. They include passages on dealing with temptation, the holiness of God, and the famous doxology at the end of Jude.
But they also include passages on slaves and masters, wives and husbands, and faith and works—passages that don’t line up with many modern norms, or even other parts of the canon.
What can we learn from these books?
A great deal, it turns out.
The challenge, however, is knowing where to start—or even being able to commit the time to learning these books beyond just a cursory reading. It can be overwhelming to navigate the current literature or commit the time to serious study.
Where to start
Peter H. Davids has been writing, researching, and teaching these books for years in numerous schools and churches around the world. He is also the author of major commentaries on James, Peter, and Jude, including the recent Theology of James, Peter, and Jude, and he is New Testament editor for the Word Biblical Commentaries. Few people are more equipped to help you understand these books of the Bible.
What you’ll learn
In this course, you’ll engage in a variety of learning experiences, from video lectures, to readings, interactive review and assessments.
- For each book, you’ll get an overview of the recent scholarship, plus the introductory or background issues you need to know about.
- You’ll then work through the text from start to finish, focusing on the key themes. You’ll go deep—and you won’t get lost.
- Finally, you’ll learn about the major theological themes in each book. What does this book say about who God is? Who Jesus is? Who we are in relation to God and each other? And why is this book in the Bible?
By the end, you’ll have a firm grasp of the issues in each book. You’ll be equipped to explain the key concepts of each book to others. And you’ll be able to read the Bible more deeply for yourself. Learn more.
View Peter H. Davids’ introduction to the course: