The letters of James and Jude are famously "under-interpreted," and this is the first commentary to focus exclusively on the two letters written by the "brothers of the Lord." The commentary interprets the letters of James and Jude as having been written early in the life of the Church and maintains that the letter of James may be one of the oldest Christian writings as well as an early witness to the teachings of Jesus.
Table of ContentsPart I. Introduction: 1. Authors; 2. Dates; 3. Occasions; 4. Literary relationships; 5. Reception and interpretation; 6. The texture of texts; Part II. Selected Reading List: 7. Inner and inter-textures; 8. Socio-cultural texture; 9. Ideological texture; 10. Sacred and homiletical texture; 11. Commentaries on the Letter of James; 12. Studies on James; 13. Articles on the Letter of James; 14. Commentaries and books on Jude; 15. Studies and articles on Jude; 16. Special studies; Part III. Commentary: 17. James 1:1-27: that you may be mature and complete; 18. James 2:1-26: I by my works will show you my faith; 19. James 3:1-18: teachers, tongues and righteousness; 20. James 4:1-17: conflict, friendship, and what tomorrow may bring; 21. James 5:1-20: cries, patience, and prayer: the Lord is near; 22. The Letter of Jude: have mercy on some who are wavering.