In A Theology of James, Peter, and Jude, A Video Study top New Testament scholar Peter Davids offers a comprehensive study of the General or Catholic Epistles, which are often insufficiently covered in more general New Testament introductions, theologies, and surveys. The lessons offer a thorough exploration of the theology of each book, including introductory issues and major themes, and shows how each book relates to the broad picture of New Testament theology.

Before discussing a theology of each of the four letters, Davids deals with their common aspects - their shared background in the Greco-Roman world and similar Christology, view of the source of sin, and eschatology - thus justifying their being treated together. Davids then embarks upon a theological reading of each letter informed by its social-rhetorical understanding - what it meant in the context of its original cultural settings - that includes a survey of recent scholarship, a discussion of relevant introductory issues, thematic commentary, treatment of important theological themes, and a discussion of the place of each letter in the biblical canon.

A Theology of James, Peter, and Jude, A Video Study is part of The Zondervan Beyond the Basics Video Series, which is dedicated to bringing expert teaching from world’s best biblical scholars and theologians directly to interested learners. A Theology of James, Peter, and Jude, A Video Study offers the chance to learn about some of the Bible’s most neglected biblical books from one of today’s premier New Testament scholars.

Session Titles and Runtimes:

1 - Introduction: Common Themes and Issues (15 min)

2 - James: Introductory Issues (7 min)

3 - James: A Literary-Theological Reading (17 min)

4 - James: Important Theological Themes (11 min)

5 - First Peter: Introductory Issues (6 min)

6 - First Peter: A Thematic and Rhetorical Commentary (17 min)

7 - First Peter: Theological Themes (11 min)

8 - Second Peter: Introductory Issues (12 min)

9 - Second Peter: A Thematic Commentary (19 min)

10 - Second Peter: Important Theological Themes (11 min)

11 - Jude: Introductory Issues (8 min)

12 - Jude: A Thematic Commentary (15 min)

13 - Jude: Important Theological Themes (13 min)

About the Author

Peter H. Davids (PhD, University of Manchester) is visiting professor in Christianity at Houston Baptist University and visiting professor of Bible and applied theology Houston Graduate School of Theology. He is author of numerous books, including Reading Jude with New Eyes, The Epistle of James (NIGTC), The Epistle of 1 Peter (NICNT), James (NIBC), and A Biblical Theology of James, Peter, and Jude. He coedited with Ralph P. Martin The Dictionary of the Latter New Testament and Its Developments.

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