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The Letter of James (Pillar New Testament Commentary | PNTC)

, 2000
ISBN: 9780802837301

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Few books in the New Testament are better known or more often quoted as the Letter of James. Because James is so concise, so intensely practical, and so filled with memorable metaphors and illustrations, it has become one of the two or three most popular New Testament books in the church.

This highly original commentary seeks to make the Letter of James clear and applicable to Christian living today. Interacting with the latest views on James but keeping academic references to a minimum, Douglas Moo first introduces the Letter of James in its historical context and then provides verse-by-verse comments that explain the message of James both to its first readers and to today's church.

The Letter of James, 2nd ed. is also now available.

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Top Highlights

“conduct the splendidly dressed person to a fine seat, while contemptuously ordering” (Page 99)

“The difficulties of life are intended by God to refine our faith: heating it in the crucible of suffering so that impurities might be refined away and so that it might become pure and valuable before the Lord. The ‘testing of faith’ here, then, is not intended to determine whether a person has faith or not; it is intended to purify faith that already exists.” (Pages 54–55)

“James reminds his readers that God brings difficulties into believers’ lives for a purpose, and that this purpose can be accomplished only if they respond in the right way to their problems.” (Pages 52–53)

“James is clearly trying to say two things here: true wisdom produces good works and true wisdom produces humility.” (Page 170)

“But while God may test or prove his servants in order to strengthen their faith, he never seeks to induce sin and destroy their faith.” (Page 73)

  • Title: The Letter of James
  • Author: Douglas J. Moo
  • Series: Pillar New Testament Commentary
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Print Publication Date: 2000
  • Logos Release Date: 2005
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Bible. N.T. James › Commentaries
  • ISBNs: 9780802837301, 0851119778, 0802837301, 9780851119779
  • Resource ID: LLS:29.64.17
  • Resource Type: Bible Commentary
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2024-03-25T18:57:29Z
Douglas J. Moo

Dr. Douglas J. Moo, professor of New Testament, teaches at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. For over twenty years, his ministry was based at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. His academic interests revolve around the interface of exegesis and theology.

Dr. Moo seeks to model to students a rigorous approach to the Greek text that always asks the “so what” questions of ultimate significance and application. The Pauline and General Letters have been his special focus within the NT canon. In the next few years, he will be writing commentaries on Galatians and Hebrews, a Pauline theology, and a theological and practical book on creation care.

He has also been active in his local church, serving as elder most years, teaching and preaching to the church, and conducting home Bible studies. Also very rewarding has been his service on the Committee on Bible Translation, the group of scholars charged with revising the text of the NIV and with producing the TNIV.

He and his wife, Jenny, have five grown children.

The Pillar New Testament Commentary, designed for serious readers of the Bible, seeks above all to make clear the meaning of the text of Scripture as we have it. Writers of the PNTC volumes interact with the most important, informed contemporary debate yet avoid undue technical detail. Their ideal is a blend of rigorous exegesis and exposition, scholarship and pastoral sensitivity, with an eye alert both to biblical theology and to the contemporary relevance of the Bible.


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    This looks like the first edition. A second edition came out in 2021. The buyer may wish to wait until that edition is available.
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