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This acclaimed commentary by Peter H. Davids interacts extensively with both recent and older literature on the Epistle of James, including German and French works. At the same time, Davids's own penetrating insights themselves spark fresh debate on the composition, purpose and meaning of the text of this important New Testament book.
In an extensive introduction, Davids considers questions concerning authorship, date of composition, form and structure, and the language and style of the text. He also explores seven key theological themes in James: suffering/testing; eschatology; Christology; poverty-piety; the relation of law, grace and faith; wisdom; and prayer.
The commentary proper exhibits careful exegesis and a wealth of insight into the meaning of the text for its original audience and for the church today. Davids is well acquainted with the relevant Hellenistic, Jewish and early Christian literature and uses it frequently to point out parallels and to clarify the meaning of the text. His work also includes several helpful tables, charts and a comprehensive bibliography on James.