It’s New Testament wisdom literature… kind of like a ‘modern’ day Book of Proverbs. The Epistle of James is a book like no other in the New Testament. But that’s one of the things that makes it so special. Some of the greatest guidance we have on Christian living comes from this collection of sayings from the pastor of the church in Jerusalem.
This is how Wikipedia describes the Epistle of James:
The epistle may not be a true piece of correspondence between specific parties, but rather an example of wisdom literature formulated as a letter for circulation. The work is considered New Testament wisdom literature because, “like Proverbs and Sirach, it consists largely of moral exhortations and precepts of a traditional and eclectic nature.” Similarly, the Catholic Encyclopedia says, “the subjects treated of in the Epistle are many and various; moreover, St. James not infrequently, whilst elucidating a certain point, passes abruptly to another, and presently resumes once more his former argument.”
We’ve got a great team of bloggers leading us through the discussion on this book:
- Mark Lafler – Contributing Editor at BibleDude.net
- Josh Gillies (@whitefrozen) – Blogger at The Outpost
- Victoria Jenkins (@BiblicalFriends) – Blogger at
- Jessica McGuire (@jezamama) – Blogger at Jezamama
- Bryant Neal – Pastor at Camak Baptist Church in Camak, GA
- Julia Swodeck (@juliakate) – Blogger at Tither of Innovation
And here’s our posting schedule:
- Introduction (Mark Lafler)
- (Bryant Neal)
- Chapter 2 (Julia Swodeck)
- Chapter 3 (Victoria Jenkins)
- Chapter 4 (Josh Gillies)
- Chapter 5 (Jessica McGuire)
- Project Wordles (Dan King)
So stay tuned for some great discussion, and please feel free to jump into the comments and share your thoughts! In the meantime, here are a few things that you can do right now…
- Read the Epistle of James in it’s entirety several times. In order to best understand individual statements in James’ writing, it helps to get a good feel for the the tone of the whole book. I recommend that you read it at least three times, once in each of the different styles of translations:
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