Dan McCartney, a highly regarded New Testament scholar and an expert on biblical interpretation, offers a substantive yet accessible commentary on James in this latest addition to the award-winning BECNT series. With extensive research and thoughtful chapter-by-chapter exegesis, McCartney leads readers through all aspects of the book of James--sociological, historical, and theological--to help them better understand its meaning and relevance. As with all BECNT volumes, this commentary features the author's detailed interaction with the Greek text and an acclaimed, user-friendly design. It admirably achieves the dual aims of the series--academic sophistication with pastoral sensitivity and accessibility.
Dan G. McCartney (PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is professor of New Testament interpretation at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas, Texas. He previously taught at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia for more than twenty years. He is the author of "Let the Reader Understand: A Guide to Interpreting and Applying the Bible" and "Why Does it Have to Hurt? The Meaning of Christian Suffering." McCartney also revised J. Gresham Machen's "New Testament Greek for Beginners."
Series Preface Author's Preface Abbreviations Transliteration Map Introduction to James I. Salutation (1:1) II. Overview of the Life of Faith (1:2-27) A. Faith and Wisdom (1:2-8) B. Pride and Wealth (1:9-12) C. Faith and Testing (1:13-18) D. Doing the Word of God (1:19-25) E. True Religion (1:26-27) III. First Discourse: Faith and Behavior (2:1-26) A. Part 1: Faith, Favoritism, and Law (2:1-13) B. Part 2: Faith and Works (2:14-26) IV. Second Discourse: Faith, Wisdom, and Speech Ethics (3:1-18) A. Part 1: Teachers, Tongues, and Turmoil (3:1-12) B. Part 2: Wisdom from Above (3:13-18) V. Third Discourse: Strife in the Church as Lack of Faith (4:1-12) A. Part 1: Lusts and Repentance (4:1-10) B. Part 2: Defamation and Censure (4:11-12) VI. Interjection: Two Oracles of Warning (4:13-5:6) A. Oracle 1: Warning to Merchants (4:13-17) B. Oracle 2: Warning to Landlords (5:1-6) VII. Fourth Discourse: Looking to God (5:7-18) A. Part 1: Faith and Patience (5:7-11) B. Bridge Verse: Prohibition of Oaths (5:12) C. Part 2: Faith and Prayer (5:13-18) VIII. Closing Exhortation: Mutual Responsibility and Blessing (5:19-20) Excursus 1: Faith as the Central Concern of James Excursus 2: Faith, Works, and Justification in James and Paul Excursus 3: James and Wisdom Excursus 4: James and Suffering Works Cited Index of Subjects Index of Authors Index of Greek Words Index of Scripture and Other Ancient Writings