Both the epistle to the Hebrews and the epistle of James generated much discussion and debate during the Reformation period, yet both of these letters have proven to be essential for Christians during the Reformation era and today. Edited by Ronald K. Rittgers, this RCS volume provides Reformation-era biblical commentary on Hebrews and James, drawing on Lutheran, Reformed, Anglican, Radical, and Roman Catholic resources.
In this commentary on Hebrews, James and Jude, Ben Witherington III applies his socio-rhetorical method to elucidate these letters within their primarily Jewish context, probing the social setting of the readers and the rhetorical strategies of the authors of the letters.
The genius of the letter of James lies in its powerfully simple call for repentance, for action, for a consistent Christian lifestyle. In this commentary Douglas Moo allows James's words to cut through our theological debates, our personal preconceptions, our spiritual malaise and return us to an invigorating, transforming Christianity.
What is the proper relationship between faith and deeds? How do Christians mature in the faith? How do we learn to control our tongues? The apostle James faced these questions and offered sound pastoral advice. In this keen, pastorally oriented commentary, readers will discover what James had to say to his original readers and the church today.
James addressed his readers directly and pointedly with vivid images from ordinary life and attention-gripping statements. The letter shows how a genuine faith is a tested faith, how encounter with difficulties is essential to becoming mature in Christ. Author Alec Motyer is himself gripped by James's energy and concern for practical Christianity.
Offering spiritual and intellectual sustenance to contemporary readers, this commentary edited by Gerald Bray highlights what the early church fathers found in James, the Peters, John and Jude--sound counsel for the faithful in the cosmic struggle between good and evil.
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