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The Letter of James

J. K. Elliott

in The Apocryphal New Testament

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780198261827
Published online April 2009 |
The Letter of James

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The Letter (or Apocryphon) of James belongs to a type of literature increasingly being categorized as ‘Dialogues of the Saviour’. The Epistula Apostolorum, included above for historical reasons among the apocryphal epistles, might really stand alongside this so‐called Epistula Iacobi. The document begins by claiming to be a letter written by James to another person, whose name is not legible; it also claims to be a secret book (apocryphon) revealed to the author and to Peter by the Lord. This apocryphon occupies the first pages of the Jung Codex of the Nag Hammadi collection (Codex I, 2: 1. 1–16. 30). Koester includes it among the formative gospels of early Christianity. Because of claims, such as his, that we have in our hands a document comparable in age and influence to Papyrus Egerton 2, to Q, and to the Coptic Gospel of Thomas, and also because of its links with the canonical Gospels, it seemed appropriate to provide a translation of it here.

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