Book Review: Dale Allison - James (ICC Series)

Dale Allison, Richard J. Dearborn Professor of New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary, has written the definitive commentary on James. This is not surprising given his past publications such as the ICC commentary on Matthew, Studies in Matthew: Interpretation Past and Present, and numerous books…

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Richard Bauckham on Wholeness in James

One of the major themes weaved throughout the book of James is the idea of “wholeness.” Often in our translation the word for wholeness (τέλειος) is translated as “perfect.” This is an unhelpful translation because it gives that connatation that James is just calling for a sinless morality. James envisions wholeness as a life that is characterized by both doing and being. We cannot “do” without “being” and likewise we cannot “be” without “doing.” Richard Bauckham, in his excellent book on James, lays out five ways that James speaks of this wholeness:

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David Nienhuis on Not Using Parallel Apostolic Fathers' Writings for the Dating of James

In David Nienhuis’s book, Not By Paul Alone: The Formation of the Catholic Epistle Collection and Christian Canon, he argues for a second century date of James. In doing this he does not discuss the alleged parallels and allusions in the Apostolic Fathers (AF) corpus

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The Book of James Influence on Alcoholics Anonymous

Dale Allison comments on the book of James' influence on Alcoholics Anonymous. 

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Book Review: James and Jude (Baker Academic)

Overall, I would highly recommend this commentary to both students and pastors. Any student or pastor that is beginning their study in either one of these books would be well advised to read through this commentary at the start of their study to be able to adequately grasp the books as a whole. The Paideia series is a welcome addition to the plethora of commentary sets out there that helpfully analyzes not only the cultural background and literary devices used but also the themes and theology of each book of the New Testament. Read the whole thing here.

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Just in for review

Just in for review from Baker Academic, James and Jude, in the Paideia commentary series. At first glance it looks to be a great addition to the series.

From the back:

In this addition to the well-received Paideia series, two respected New Testament scholars offer a practical commentary on James and Jude that is conversant with contemporary scholarship, draws on ancient backgrounds, and attends to the theological nature of the texts.

This commentary, like each in the projected eighteen-volume series, proceeds by sense units rather than word-by-word or verse-by-verse. Paideia commentaries explore how New Testament texts form Christian readers by:

  • attending to the ancient narrative and rhetorical strategies the text employs
  • showing how the text shapes theological convictions and moral habits
  • commenting on the final, canonical form of each New Testament book
  • focusing on the cultural, literary, and theological settings of the text
  • making judicious use of maps, photos, and sidebars in a reader-friendly format

Students, pastors, and other readers will appreciate the historical, literary, and theological insight that John Painter and David deSilva offer in interpreting James and Jude.

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Book Review: James: A Handbook on the Greek New Testament

Baylor continues its Handbook on the Greek Text series with the book of James by A.K.M. Adam. The hopes of the series are to:

“provide a convenient reference tool that explains the syntax of the biblical text, offers guidance for deciding between competing semantic analyses, deals with text-critical questions that have a significant bearing on how the text is understood, and addresses questions relating to the Greek text that are frequently overlooked or ignored by standard commentaries, all in a succinct and accessible manner.”

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Seneca and Stating the Obvious

Dale Allison quoting Seneca while writing on the genre of James and the reason why stating the obvious is profitable…

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Why You Should Study the History of Interpretation

Dale Allison says…

  1. History of interpretation is intrinsically interesting and and of itself
  2. It instills humility by reminding exegetes…
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