James

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Sleeper's lucid exposition of James restores this often neglected work to its rightful place in the Christian canon. Carefully charting the verbal structures and argument of the letter, he demonstrates that it is a coherent piece of moral teaching intended to encourage the development of Christian character, not just a collection of disparate maxims. As he guides the reader through the letter's basic themes, Sleeper is attentive to its echoes in the Old Testament, Hellenistic Jewish wisdom literature, and sayings...
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Sleeper's lucid exposition of James restores this often neglected work to its rightful place in the Christian canon. Carefully charting the verbal structures and argument of the letter, he demonstrates that it is a coherent piece of moral teaching intended to encourage the development of Christian character, not just a collection of disparate maxims. As he guides the reader through the letter's basic themes, Sleeper is attentive to its echoes in the Old Testament, Hellenistic Jewish wisdom literature, and sayings of Jesus, as well as to its affinities with other Christian writings. Moreover, he shows that the author's understanding of God and of human nature provides a significant theological foundation for practical wisdom about the Christain moral life.
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C. Freeman Sleeper is Professor Emeritus of Religion, Ronaoke College, Salem, Virginia, and Visiting Professor of New Testament, Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, Virginia.
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Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Preface 11
List of Abbreviations 13
Introduction: Reading James 15
Literary Issues 16
The Letter in Its Literary Context 21
The Letter in Its Social Context 30
The Letter: Authorship and Dating 34
Themes in the Letter 41
Commentary 45
Salutation 1:1 45
Christian Character: Growth and Single-Mindedness 1:2-8 47
True Rewards: The Poor and the Rich 1:9-11 53
Character: Growth Toward Death and Life 1:12-18 55
Developing Character Through Self-Discipline 1:19-27 60
Christian Morality and the Law 2:1-13 67
Christian Morality as Faith in Action 2:14-26 77
Controlling Speech as a Test of Character 3:1-12 84
Character and Conflict 3:13-4:12 96
Character and Wealth 4:13-5:6 117
Christian Character and Christian Community 5:7-20 130
Oaths: Controlling One's Speech 5:12 137
Prayer, Illness, and Forgiveness of Sins 5:13-18 139
Rescuing Backsliders 5:19-20 144
Select Bibliography 147
Index 151
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