Brother of Jesus, Friend of God
For centuries, the Epistle of James has stirred controversy. These landmark studies broaden the debate. Johnson explores the epistle's social and historical background; and its place in Scripture, use of Jesus' sayings, context within Hellenistic moral discourse, and themes of...
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For centuries, the Epistle of James has stirred controversy. These landmark studies broaden the debate. Johnson explores the epistle's social and historical background; and its place in Scripture, use of Jesus' sayings, context within Hellenistic moral discourse, and themes of friendship and gender. An accessible collection for scholars and laypeople alike!
The letter of James has enjoyed a colorful history, with its background and significance widely debated over the centuries. In this book an outstanding scholar of the New Testament offers new and selected studies of James that show its roots in antiquity and its importance for Christian history and theology. Luke Timothy Johnson explores the letter of James from a variety of perspectives. After a general introduction to James, he looks at its history of interpretation. Johnson then examines James's social and historical situation, its place within Scripture, and its use of the sayings of Jesus. Several exegetical studies take care to place James in the context of Hellenistic moral discourse. Two concluding essays look at the themes of friendship and gender in James. While seemingly of interest only to professionals, Johnson's Brother of Jesus, Friend of God will also be accessible to general readers serious about Bible study, and church groups will find this volume to be a fruitful en
Luke Timothy Johnson (Ph.D., Yale University) is Robert W. Woodruff Professor of the New Testament and Christian Origins at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University. A Roman Catholic, Johnson was a Benedictine monk and priest before becoming a biblical scholar. He is the author of several scholarly books and has written for Commonwealth and Christian Century.
Some of his many books include Hebrews: A Commentary (New Testament Library); Brother of Jesus: Friend of God (Wm. B. Eerdmans); The First and Second Letters to Timothy (Anchor Bible: Yale Universtiy Press 2001); Living Jesus: Learning the Heart of the Gospel (HarperOne 1999); Reading Romans: A Literary and Theological Commentary (Crossroads Press 1997); Letters to Paul's Delegates: A Commentary on 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy and Titus (1996); The Real Jesus: The Misguided Quest for the Historical Jesus and the Truth of the Traditional Gospels (HarperOne 1996); The Letter of James (Anchor Bible: The Doubleday Religious Press 1995);The Acts of the Apostles (Liturgical Press 1992) and Luke (Liturgical Press 1991).
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