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Acts and the General Epistles - The Adventist Theological Academy

Course Summary

Join Dr. Félix H. Cortez and Efraín Velázquez as they explore Acts and the General Epistles

What do I need to know?

The book of Acts of the Apostles relates the extraordinary development of the mission of Jesus from a handful of followers to a worldwide movement in one generation. The Holy Spirit is the main character in the story. What can we learn about God in this book? The General Epistles contain precious words of encouragement from those who Paul calls “pillars” of the church—James, Peter, and John (Gal 2:9). They, together with Jude, call the church to an authentic godly living that emphasizes that true faith needs to be lived out. Watch the videos of this section and get better acquainted with these often-neglected books of the New Testament.

What will I learn in this course?

By the end of this course, you should have a basic understanding of the book of Acts, the general epistles, and their importance to modern Christianity. After completing the quizzes and watching the videos, you will earn .2 continuing education units. For more information please visit:

About the Instructor

Félix H. Cortez is Assistant Professor of New Testament Literature at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan. He completed a masters in Modern Literature (focusing in Literary Theory and Hermeneutics) at Universidad Iberoamericana (México, 2001) and a doctorate in New Testament Studies at Andrews University (2008). Before coming to Andrews University, Cortez taught in the School of Theology at Universidad de Montemorelos (2007-2013). He has also served as a pastor in Mexico City for 4 years and as a conference youth director for 7 years. He was ordained as a minister in 1996 at Montemorelos, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Cortez is president of the Adventist Theological Society (2012-2014). He chairs the Catholic and Pastoral Epistles Section of the International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature and is a member of the steering committee of the Hebrews section. He has been inducted into the Honor Society Phi Kappa Phi, is a member of the Adventist Society for Religious Studies, is on the review boards of several journals, and is evaluator of research projects for Universidad Adventista del Plata. He has contributed study notes for the Andrews Study Bible, and commentary on First Timothy for the forthcoming Andrews One-volume Bible Commentary, and is working on a Commentary on Hebrews. He is also the author of Did you know …?—a devotional book for young people published in Spanish, English, and French. Felix Cortez is married to Alma Alvarez and they have two children, Hadid and Alma. Cortez enjoys sports, walking, reading, working around the house, and music.


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