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Mobile Ed: NT365 Book Study: Letter of James (6 hour course)

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In Book Study: Letter of James (NT365), Dr. William Varner presents the practical meaning and unifying thought of the Letter of James in a way that will help you effectively communicate them to others. This study presents a fresh perspective on James the man and also James the letter, showing how the emphasis on works complements rather than contradicts Paul’s emphasis on faith. Walking you through each chapter of this letter verse by verse, Dr. Varner will illustrate how reading James as a Wisdom book reveals its practical meaning and relevance for today.

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Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion you should be able to:

  • Describe the overarching unity of the Letter of James
  • Show how James and Paul complement one another on the topics of works and faith
  • Explain why James should be read in the wisdom tradition
  • Discuss the practical application of James
  • Give examples of places where James adapts the sayings of Jesus found in the Gospels

Course Outline


  • Introducing the Course and the Speaker

Unit 1: Introduction to James

  • The Martins on James and Paul
  • Date of James
  • Order and Coherence
  • Identifying Key Terms in James with the Concordance Tool
  • The Fourteen Sections
  • Salutation: James the Author
  • Identifying James the Brother of Jesus Using the Factbook
  • Salutation: James the Brother
  • Salutation: James the Slave
  • Investigating the Meaning of Doulos

Unit 2: True Faith

  • Trials and Maturity (Jas 1:1–4)
  • Wisdom and Faith (Jas 1:5–8)
  • Poor Man, Rich Man (Jas 1:9–11)
  • Blessings (Jas 1:12–15), Part 1
  • Defining the Greek Term Makarios
  • Blessings (Jas 1:12–15), Part 2
  • The Problem of Deception (Jas 1:16–18)
  • A Godly Quick and Slow (Jas 1:19–21)
  • Finding Section Markers in James with a Morph Search
  • Deceived Hearers versus Blessed Doers (Jas 1:22–25)
  • Real Religion (Jas 1:26–27)
  • Partiality versus the Faith of Jesus Christ (Jas 2:1)
  • No Partiality (Jas 2:2–4): A Parable
  • Honoring the Poor (Jas 2:5–7)
  • The Royal Law (Jas 2:8–11)
  • Identifying Old Testament Allusions in James
  • Partiality and the Poor (Jas 2:12–13)
  • Studying James’ Use of the Sermon on the Mount

Unit 3: Faith and Deeds

  • Faith with or without Deeds (Jas 2:18–19), Part 1
  • Faith with or without Deeds (Jas 2:18–19), Part 2
  • Patriarchal Proof of Faith by Works (Jas 2:20–24)
  • Matriarchal Proof of Faith by Works (Jas 2:25–26)

Unit 4: Speech Ethics

  • Taming the Tongue (Jas 3:1–2), Part 1
  • Taming the Tongue (Jas 3:3–5), Part 2
  • Taming the Tongue (Jas 3:6–8), Part 3
  • An Impossible Mixture (Jas 3:9–12)

Unit 5: The Wisdom of God

  • Wisdom from Above (Jas 3:13–18)
  • Our Selfish Natures (Jas 4:1–3)
  • Friends of the World or Friends of God (Jas 4:4–6)
  • The Hortatory Peak (Jas 4:7–10)

Unit 6: More Speech Ethics

  • On Slanderous Judgment (Jas 4:11–12)
  • Planning While Ignoring God’s Will (Jas 4:13–17)

Unit 7: Final Exhortations

  • Woe for Hoarding Wealth (Jas 5:1–6)
  • Patience in Suffering (Jas 5:7–11)
  • Speech Ethics Revisited (Jas 5:12)
  • Prayer for the Sick (Jas 5:13–16a)
  • The Prayers of a Righteous Man (Jas 5:17–18)
  • Restoration for the Wanderer (Jas 5:19–20)
  • Conclusion

Product Details

  • Title: NT365 Book Study: Letter of James
  • Instructor: William Varner
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 1
  • Video Hours: 6
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About William Varner

Dr. William Varner is professor of Bible and Greek at The Master’s College, where he also serves as the director of IBEX, the college’s campus in Israel. He is the author of several books, including The Chariot of Israel: Exploits of the Prophet Elijah and multiple commentaries on James, and has also written more than a hundred articles that have appeared in academic journals and popular magazines. He has received numerous awards for his teaching. In addition to his scholarly work, Dr. Varner is pastor of the Sojourners fellowship at Grace Community Church, where he serves alongside John MacArthur.


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  1. Debra W Bouey

    Debra W Bouey


  2. Forrest Cole

    Forrest Cole


  3. Robert J Farthing
    Outstanding!!!! Like the subject of this course, Dr. Varner presents the truth of this material with a compassionate call to the wisdom of Jesus. He clearly expounds on the words of James, both explaining the cultural significance of the text to first century believers as well presenting significant connections that bridge the gap to twenty-first century believers. I highly recommend this course to anyone seeking pathways to a deeper working faith.
  4. Ralph A. Abernethy III
  5. Myke Harbuck

    Myke Harbuck


    Wish you guys would rush this product to market! This looks like its going to be a good one!


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