The Epistle of James
The Epistle of James has long been a controversial book.
The early Church debated whether it should be canonized.
Protestants like Martin Luther thought it was a "book of
straw." But James survived to challenge each
new generation of Christians to put their faith into action.
Join us in a journey of understanding James with its wisdom
proverbs, shocking exhortations, and supportive fellowship. Check
out the Web Links for
articles on the Letter of James.
Pamela Sparr has created a study guide for the Elsa Tamez' book:
The Scandalous Message of James: Faith Without Works is Dead.
Here is how to order that
book. Tamez looks at James through the lens of Oppression,
Hope and Praxis.
See what you think.
Check out the bibliography
for more information on James, and turn to the background
section to learn who wrote
James, when, and its circuitous
route to becoming part of our New Testament Canon.
And who is the Diaspora to
whom James is writing?
Check out the significant connections between The Letter of
James makes with Old
Testament texts. Look for analysis on how James uses the word
the concept of poverty,
and how the letter uses beatitudes.
actually commentary on Leviticus
19 or Psalm 12? Some scholars find meaning in the comparison.
Should we compare or contrast James
and Paul? Scholars think they aren't as different as we once
seems to have different meanings when read with different frames
of understanding. Find out how James can be read from Hebrew,
Greek, or Christian point of view,
as a wisdom text, or as an instruction
manual for spiritual wholeness.
Or read about how to read James with an eye toward the end
of the world.
Updated December 30, 2002.