The Letter of James

The Letter of James

The Letter of James

The Letter of James

Synopsis

Scot McKnight here explains the Letter of James both in its own context and as it may be seen in light of ancient Judaism, the Graeco-Roman world, and emerging earliest Christianity.

From beginning to end, the book is shaped for pastors, teachers, and scholars. McKnight is less interested in shedding new light on James than on providing a commentary for those who want to explain the letter and its significance to congregations and classes.

This commentary is accessible to a broad readership, at once full of insight and of good sense and wit that makes for good reading. The Letter of James is an especially helpful source for consultation as to what James is about.

Excerpt

It has now been thirty-five years since the original commentary on the Epistle of James, written by James Adamson, appeared in this series (in 1976). Since the publication of that commentary, which served its generation well, there has been a considerable proliferation of interest and scholarly literature on this Epistle — long overdue in Protestant circles who had labored far too long under Luther’s damning pronouncement that it was “a right strawy epistle.” the present commentary has been written by one who has played a significant role in bringing about this much-needed corrective.

At the turn of the present century a replacement commentary on this Epistle had been assigned to Donald J. Verseput of Bethel Seminary. But his untimely death in 2004 at the age of 51 also brought momentary closure to that chapter for this commentary series. So it was a moment of considerable delight when a couple of years later Scot McKnight consented to pick up this task. Those who use/read this commentary will quickly recognize what a fortunate decision that has turned out to be.

Here is a commentary that is accessible to a broad readership, at once full of insight and of (that all-too-often missing) good sense and wit in commentary writing that make for both good reading and an especially helpful source for consultation as to what James is about. I therefore take special pleasure in introducing it to the larger community of pastors and scholars, who will find much help here.

Gordon D. Fee

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