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The Wisdom of James: Practical Remarks on Faith, Life, and Other Topics

John Reumann

in Variety and Unity in New Testament Thought

Published in print July 1991 | ISBN: 9780198262015
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682285 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198262015.003.0012

Series: Oxford Bible Series

The Wisdom of James: Practical Remarks on Faith, Life, and Other Topics

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In the last century of critical study, the Book of James has been left hovering between two opinions. Some have said, as was held traditionally from the 3rd century or so, that James the brother of Jesus himself wrote it, at a quite early date, emphasizing the words of Jesus, in a Jewish setting. Fair-minded consideration of James's letter has often been complicated by disputes, particularly during and since the Reformation, over the relation of James, asserting that a person ‘is justified by works and not by faith alone’, to the teachings of Paul. This epistle is a little over a third the length of Hebrews. It has stirred up even more controversy than the larger book. This ‘doctrinal’ problem—one of the few theological aspects to James—is best left for treatment later in connection with ‘faith’ and ‘righteousness’.

Keywords: the Book of James; Jesus; Jewish; James; Reformation; faith

Chapter.  5285 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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