Products>The Book of James—A New Perspective

The Book of James—A New Perspective

, 2010
ISBN: 9781934952122
  • Format:Digital


Digital list price: $22.99
Save $4.00 (17%)


The book of James has often been described as the Proverbs of the New Testament—meaning wisdom that is only loosely organized, without a strict linguistic structure. Varner's work reveals that James did indeed intend his message to be understood as a unified whole, rather than merely loosely connected thoughts.

Praise for the Print Edition

Commentaries that deal explicitly with the Greek text of the New Testament are not common. Those that move beyond word studies and basic grammar are even less common. Professor Varner does what is rare: He treats lexical semantics, grammar, and syntax at both the sentence and discourse levels. Applying the nascent discipline of discourse analysis, this volume provides a careful and helpful study of the message of James that exhibits “trust in the text” to accurately communicate James’—and God’s—message to the church.

—Rodney Decker, professor of New Testament, Baptist Bible Seminary

Will Varner has written an excellent volume that both introduces discourse analysis and provides useful and meaningful commentary on the book of James. He rightly shows that discourse analysis is not a thing to be feared, but rather something of direct benefit to exegetes and practitioners. Varner’s introduction provides a concise and helpful articulation of his method of discourse analysis, and his analysis itself is grounded in the text throughout. I highly recommend this commentary as an exemplification of what the future of commentary writing can and should look like.

—Stanley E. Porter, president and dean, professor of New Testament, McMaster Divinity College

William Varner has done an outstanding job of taking complex ideas and presenting them in an accessible and very readable fashion. His unique commentary on James not only provides much insight into the text, but will also serve as a valuable resource for helping students of Greek take their language skills to the next level.

—Martin Culy, associate professor of New Testament, Briercrest College and Seminary

Will Varner’s commentary breaks new ground with a discourse analysis of the epistle of James. Varner tills the soil with innovative linguistic, syntactical, semantic, and rhetorical investigations. He also employs cutting edge work in the field, including verbal aspect theory, speech-act theory, and comparative studies of wisdom literature. The reader will reap a new understanding of the structural “big picture” of the epistle, rooted in cogent discussions of syntactical cohesion, semantic chaining, linguistic prominence, and discourse peaking. The careful cultivation of the text yields a rich harvest of original insights.

—Paul Hartog, associate professor, Faith Baptist Theological Seminary

Product Details

  • Title: The Book of James—A New Perspective
  • Author: William Varner
  • Series: Kress Biblical Studies Upgrade Collection
  • Publisher: Kress
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 240
William Varner

Dr. William Varner is Professor of Bible and Greek at The Master’s College in Santa Clarita, California. After earning degrees from Bob Jones University and the Biblical Theological Seminary, he served as a pastor in Pennsylvania for seven years, during which time he earned another master’s degree and took his first trip to Israel—an experience that would leave an indelible mark on his ministry. While serving for 17 years with The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry in New Jersey, he earned a third master’s degree (in Jewish Studies at Dropsie College, now the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania) and a doctorate (at Temple University in Philadelphia).

Besides teaching Bible exposition courses and Greek Exegesis at The Master’s College, Dr. Varner is Director of IBEX, the college’s overseas campus in Israel, and has led 46 study trips to Israel. He has also pastored the Sojourners fellowship in Grace Community Church for 16 years.

Dr. Varner is the author of several books, including The Chariot of Israel: Exploits of the Prophet of ElijahAwake O Harp: A Devotional Commentary on the Psalms, and The Letter of James. He has also written over 100 articles appearing in academic journals and popular magazines.  He loves participating in Civil War reenactments, reading the fiction of J.R.R. Tolkien and Daniel Silva, and traveling overseas with his wife Helen.



Digital list price: $22.99
Save $4.00 (17%)