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James Through the Centuries

Gowler, David

Blackwell Bible Commentaries


1. Auflage Mai 2020
360 Seiten, Softcover
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ISBN: 978-1-119-67389-7
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This unique commentary on James by an outstanding New Testament specialist, David B. Gowler, provides a broad range of original perspectives on how people have interpreted, and been influenced by, this important epistle.

The author explores a vast array of interpretations extending far beyond theological commentary, sermons, and hymns, to also embrace the epistle's influences on literature, art, politics, and social theory. The work includes examples of how successive generations have portrayed the historical figure of James the Just, in both pictorial and textual form. Contextualizing his analysis with excerpts from key documents, including artistic representations of the epistle, the author reviews the dynamic interactions between the James and Jesus traditions and compares James's epistle with those of Paul. The volume highlights James's particular concern for the poor and marginalized, charting the many responses to this aspect of his legacy. Drawing on sources as varied as William Shakespeare, John Calvin, Charles Schultz's Peanuts, and political cartoons, this is an exhaustive study of the theological and cultural debates sparked by the Epistle of James.

James Through the Centuries is published within the Wiley Blackwell Bible Commentaries series. Further information about this innovative reception history series is available at

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
David B. Gowler is The Dr. Lovick Pierce and Bishop George F. Pierce Chair of Religion at Oxford College, Emory University, and Senior Faculty Fellow, Center for Ethics, 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.

D. Gowler, Emory University, USA