James and Jude

James and Jude

James and Jude

James and Jude


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801036347
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/15/2012
Series: Paideia: Commentaries on the New Testament
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

John Painter (PhD, Durham University) is biblical research scholar and professor of theology at the Charles Sturt University School of Theology in Canberra, Australia. He is the author of Just James: The Brother of Jesus in History and Tradition and several other books. David A. deSilva (PhD, Emory University) is Trustees' Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Greek at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio. His numerous books include Introducing the Apocrypha and An Introduction to the New Testament: Contexts, Methods, and Ministry Formation.

Table of Contents


Preface to James
Introduction to James
James 1:1—Address/Salutation
James 1:2-27—Epitome of the Exhortation of James
James 2:1-13—Warning against Partiality
James 2:14-26—Faith and Works
James 3:1-12—The Tongue
James 3:13-4:10—God and the World
James 4:11-5:6—Admonitions and Warnings
James 5:7-20—Concluding Pastoral Advice
Preface to Jude
Introduction to Jude
Jude 1-4—The Letter Opening
Jude 5-10—The Intruders' Behavior Illumined from History
Jude 11-15—The Intruders' Behavior Illumined from History, Nature, and Prophecy
Jude16-25—Exhortations and Conclusion
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