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Title:
The letter of James : a new translation with introduction and commentary
Author:
Johnson, Luke Timothy.
Uniform Title:
Bible. James. English. Johnson. 1995.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Doubleday, [1995]

©1995
Physical Description:
xix, 412 pages ; 24 cm.
Language:
English
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780385413602
Format :
Book

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Central Library BS192.2.A1 1964 G3 V.37A Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Summary

Summary

James is one of the most significant, yet  generally overlooked, letters of the New Testament.  Because Martin Luther, leader of the Protestant  Reformation, disliked the book of James for its emphasis  on good deeds, the book has come to be viewed in  opposition to Paul's letters, which emphasize  faith in God. To correct these and other  misperceptions about James, Scripture scholar Luke Timothy  Johnson embarks on a thorough history of the  interpretation of this pivotal letter, which highlights the  vast appreciation for James over the centuries.  With respect to the question of who wrote the letter  of James, Johnson boldly identifies the writer as  none other than James, the brother of Jesus  Christ. While modern skepticism casts doubt on this  conclusion, early textual witnesses, as well as saints  and scholars throughout the centuries, corroborate  Johnson's position. A thorough examination of the  original language texts and an explanation of the  literary context of James helps illuminate the  original meaning of the letter. In addition, Johnson  offers the general reader insights into the  letter's relevance for today.


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