This unique reception history of the Epistle of James is a prominent addition to the Blackwell Bible Commentaries series. Written by an outstanding New Testament specialist, it chronicles the major theological, political, and aesthetic responses to the text over the centuries, and to James as a historical figure. * Surveys the many theological, cultural, literary, political, and artistic uses of the Epistle of James, and the broader influence his letters have had throughout the ages * Includes extensive excerpts offering vital historiographical context * Examines James s impact on popular culture, including examples such as Charles Schulz s Peanuts * Unearths a range of neglected writings and opens access to material not readily available elsewhere
David B. Gowler is The Dr Lovick Pierce and Bishop George F. Pierce Chair of Religion at Oxford College, Emory University, USA. He has published dozens of books, articles, book chapters, and book reviews, and since 1991 has served as co-editor of Emory Studies in Early Christianity.
List of Plates ix Series Editors Preface xii Preface xiv Acknowledgements xviii Introduction 1 James 1:1 11: Trials, Endurance, Wisdom, and the Exalted Poor 63 James 1:12 27: Trials, Endurance, and Doers of the Word 99 James 2:1 13: Deeds of Faith, the Chosen Poor, and the Law of Liberty 143 James 2:14 26: Faith without Works Is Dead 173 James 3:1 12: The Power and Danger of Speech 204 James 3:13 4:12: The Fruits of Wisdom versus Friendship with the World 219 James 4:13 5:6: The Sovereignty of God and God s Judgment upon the Rich 252 James 5:7 11: The Patience of the Faithful and the Compassion of the Lord 278 James 5:12 20: Speech and Actions in the Community of the Faithful 288 Biographies 317 References 323 Index of Names 331 Index of Subjects 335