"The Bible is being translated, commented on, read, studied, preached and analyzed as never before. But it is questionable whether it is being obeyed to a comparable degree," says Douglas Moo in the preface to his commentary on James. "All this suggests that the message of James is one that we all need to hear--and obey. No profound theologian, James' genius lied in his profound moral earnestness; in his powerfully simple call for repentance, for action, for a consistent Christian lifestyle. His words need to thrust through our theological debates, our personal preconceptions, our spiritual malaise and set us back on the road to a biblical, invigorating, transforming Christianity."
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Douglas J. Moo is Professor of New Testament, Wheaton College Graduate School. Among his many books and Commentaries, his writings are included both in the Pillar New Testament Commentary Series (PNTC), and The New International Commentary on the New Testament (NICNT) series.
“It is absolutely vital to understand that the main point of this argument, expressed three times (in vv. 17, 20 and 26), is not that works must be added to faith but that genuine faith includes works. That is its very nature.” (Page 103)
“James is not saying that faith does not save: he is saying that the faith this person claims to have, a faith that has not works, cannot save.” (Page 104)
“The difference between Paul and James consists in the sequence of works and conversion: Paul denies any efficacy to pre-conversion works, but James is pleading for the absolute necessity of post-conversion works.” (Page 106)
“James’ intent, then, would be to highlight God’s unreserved, uncalculating, unwavering intent to give his gift of wisdom to those who ask.” (Page 66)
“However important may be mental assent to the word, it has not been truly received until it is put into practice.” (Pages 85–86)
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.