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Classic Commentaries and Studies on the Epistle of James offers some of the most significant classic studies on the book of James since the time of the Reformation. With notable authors such as Augustus Neander, A. T. Robertson, Rudolf Stier, Thomas Manton, and James Moffatt, this collection is you’re connection to historical interpretation, observation, translation, contextual history, and practical application. See the works that have had an enduring impact on New Testament exegesis.

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This collection is essential for students, scholars, pastors, historians, teachers of the Bible, or anyone studying the book of James. With Logos Bible Software, this collection is completely searchable, with passages of Scripture appearing on mouse-over, as well as being linked to the Greek and Latin texts and English translations in your library. This makes these texts more powerful and easier to access than ever before for scholarly work or personal Bible study. With the advanced search features of Logos Bible Software, you can perform powerful searches by topic or Scripture reference—finding, for example, every discussion of “works and faith” or of “James 2:14.”

Commentaries on the Catholic Epistles: 1 Peter, 1 John, James, 2 Peter, Jude

  • Author: John Calvin
  • Publisher: Calvin Translation Society
  • Publication Date: 1855
  • Pages: 488

Calvin’s Commentaries are, in the words of Philip Schaff, one of the few exegetical works that have outlived their generation. Calvin preached and wrote prolifically on the Bible. His commentaries display a rare combination of exegetical insight, pastoral concern, and theological depth which have inspired generations of Christians.

Studies in the Epistle of James

  • Author: A.T. Robertson
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
  • Publication Date: 1915
  • Pages: 271

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The epistle of James offers profound advice for everyday life and contains “the breath of heaven and the warmth of human sympathy and love.” In August, 1912, Robertson delivered a series of lectures on practical aspects of ethics as found in the book of James. He repeated these enormously popular lectures in 1913 at the Winona Bible Conference, and this volume is the result of many requests for publication. In addition to introductory material, this volume includes expanded versions of those lectures, and is written for ministers, students of the Bible, and teachers. Technical language and the Greek text are placed in parentheses and footnotes, making this volume accessible for English-only study.

The Epistle of St. James

  • Author: Joseph B. Mayor
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Publisher: MacMillan
  • Publication Date: 1897
  • Pages: 516

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J.B. Mayor's classic commentary on the Greek version of The Epistle of St. James. Contains commentaries on External Evidence for the Authenticity of the Epistle, The Relation of the Epistle to Earlier Writing and to Other Books in the New Testament, and answers the question, "Did St. James Write in Greek or in Aramaic?"

Regarded as the most important critical commentary on this portion of God's Word.

The Minister's Library

Professor Mayor's volume in every part of it gives proof that no time or labour has been grudged in mastering this mass of literature, and that in appraising it he has exercised the sound judgment of a thoroughly trained scholar and critic... The notes resemble rather those of Lightfoot than those of Ellicott... It is a pleasure to welcome a book which does credit to English learning, and which will take, and keep, a foremost place in Biblical literature.

Bookman, from A Catalogue of Theological Works, published by Macmillan & Co., Ltd 1897

Joseph Bickersteth Mayor (1828–1916) was professor of classics and of moral philosophy at King's College, London.

The Epistle of James

  • Author: Augustus Neander
  • Editor: H. C. Conant
  • Publisher: Lewis Colby
  • Publication Date: 1852
  • Pages: 122

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Expounding on the character and condition of the churches found in the text, Augustus Neander offers critical exegesis on the Epistle of James.

The scholar, and the reflecting individual who desires to catch their significance, breathed forth refreshingly upon his soul, can find nothing better.

New Englander and Yale Review

Augustus Neander was Professor of Theology in the University of Berlin. He is the author of Uber den Kaiser Julianus und sein Zeitalter, Der heilige Bernard und sein Zeialter, and a work on Gnosticism entitled Genetische Entwickelung der vornehmsten gnostichen Systems.

The Epistle of James

  • Editor: James Moffatt
  • Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
  • Publication Date: 1906
  • Pages: 144

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Moving expositionally verse-by-verse through the Epistle of James, Moffatt provides concise commentary that emphasizes key aspects of the text. The author draws upon key authors to validate his assertions while offering a comprehensive view of the epistle.

James Moffatt (1870–1944) was educated at Glasgow University and went on to become Professor of Greek and New Testament Exegesis at Oxford in 1911. A short while later, Moffatt accepted the position of Professor of Church history at the United Free Church College. Moffatt's utmost ambition was to provide an easily readable Bible. His contributions included paraphrased translations for coherent understanding. Moffatt is the author of International Critical Commentary (ICC) A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews.

Practical and Social Aspects of Christianity: The Wisdom of James

  • Author: A. T. Robertson
  • Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
  • Publication Date: 1915
  • Pages: 280

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Originally delivered as a series of twelve lectures at the Northfield Bible Conference, A. T. Robertson expounds on the text of James. Moving verse-by-verse through the book of James, Robertson offers elucidation and practical application on key topics of Christianity.

The commentary is practical, lucid, and searching, and seems to overlook no important contribution that has been made to the understanding of the epistle.

Homiletic Review

Archibald Thomas Robertson was born on November 6, 1863 in Chatham, Virginia, during the height of the Civil War. His family moved to Statesville, North Carolina, where he grew up. He was baptized in 1876 and immediately recognized God’s call to preach, and attended Wake Forest College.

Upon graduation in 1885, Robertson entered The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he devoted himself to Greek studies under John Broadus. He was appointed Greek instructor as a student, and received his Th.M. in 1888. Robertson became an associate professor in 1890, and then served as Professor of New Testament Interpretation from 1895 to 1934. He devoted his life to preaching, teaching, scholarly activities, and giving public lectures, many of which have been reproduced in book form in this collection. He was a founding member of the Baptist World Alliance, and participated in numerous Bible conferences with Dwight Moody and F. B. Meyer.

Expository Lectures on the General Epistle of James

  • Author: Bernard Jacobi
  • Publisher: The Religious Tract Society
  • Publication Date: 1838
  • Pages: 236

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Delivered as a series of nineteen lectures, Bernard Jacobi provides exposition of the book of James. Moving contextually section-by-section, Jacobi reflects on the key character traits defined as a reflection of the Christian faith.

As a specimen of the expository style this volume is highly respectable, and, though the difficulties of the subject cannot be grappled with, without departing from the style in come measure, it combines the double advantages of general exposition and particular criticism as fully as possible . . . we recommend it the more earnestly.

The Gentlemen's Magazine

Bernard Jacobi was the Minister of the church at Petershagen, Prussia in the nineteenth century.

The Epistle of St. James

  • Author: R. J. Knowling
  • Publisher: Methuen & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1904
  • Pages: 257

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Exegetically examining the book of James, R. J. Knowling comprehensively studies the authorship, historical context, extra-biblical references, and scope of the text.

R. J. Knowling (1851–1919) was educated at Bundell's School, Tiverton and Balliol College, Oxford. Ordained in 1878, Knowling was elected Curate of Wellington. He later went on to become Vice-Principal of King's College (London), as well as Professor of New Testament Exegesis.

On the Epistle of James

  • Author: Robert Nelson
  • Publisher: Samuel Bagster and Sons
  • Publication Date: 1872
  • Pages: 116

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Moving expositionally verse-by-verse through the text, Robert Nelson offers critical exegesis of the moral obligations within Christianity. Examining both semantic and colloquial interpretation, Nelson thoroughly elucidates the text.

There are valuable elucidatory passages in this volume . . .

The Christian

Robert Nelson is also the author of Comments on the Epistle to the Hebrews.

Commentary on the Epistle of James

  • Author: Edwin T. Winkler
  • Publisher: American Baptist Publication Society
  • Publication Date: 1888
  • Pages: 86

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Discoursing on the authorship, authenticity, stylistic characteristics, composition, and aim of the epistle, Edwin T. Winkler provides exemplary exegesis on the Epistle of James. Emphasizing semantic irregularities and omissions, Winkler examines the inherent meaning and context of the text.

Edwin T. Winkler (1823–1883) was educated at Brown University, Baylor University, and Newton Theological Institution. Ordained in 1846, Winkler became Minister of First Baptist Church in Charleston. He later served as a chaplain in the civil war, after which, he was conferred an honorary Doctorate of Divinity by Furman University.

The General Epistle of St. James

  • Author: H. W. Fulford
  • Publisher: Methuen & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1801
  • Pages: 152

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Following a thorough introduction to the Epistle of St. James, H. W. Fulford provides succinct exposition on the essential doctrines of Christianity.

H. W. Fulford was Dean and Prelector at Clare College, Cambridge, as well as Rector of Satchworh, Herts.

An Exposition of the Epistle of James in a Series of Discourses

  • Author: John Adam
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 1867
  • Pages: 469

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Providing extensive exposition of the text, John Adam offers commentary on the key themes found in the epistle of James. Extending clarification on the exemplification of faith, the author critically examines the text with regard to semantic meaning.

This handsome volume is in no sense a commentary; but a series of admirable expositions, we cordially commend it to ministers and students of the sacred Scriptures.

The British Quarterly Review

John Adam was educated at Pembroke College, Cambridge before serving in the Franco-Prussian War (1870–1871). Adam went on to become Principal of Pachaiyappa's College, Chennai from 1884–1894.

The Catholic Epistle of St. James

  • Author: Francis Tilney Bassett
  • Publisher: Samuel Bagster and Sons
  • Publication Date: 1876
  • Pages: 235

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Inquiring into the inherent purpose of the epistle, authorship, and doctrine of the text, Francis Tilney Bassett objectively provides exegesis on the Epistle of James.

Francis Tilney Bassett was educated at Gonville and Cauis College, Cambridge. Ordained in 1852, Basset became the Vicar of Dulverton, Cambridge.

The Gospel of Common Sense as Contained in the Canonical Epistle of James

  • Author: Charles F. Deems
  • Publisher: Wilbur B. Ketcham
  • Publication Date: 1888
  • Pages: 340

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Synopsizing the Epistle of James as the "Gospel of Common Sense," Charles F. Deems provides practical exegesis that emphasizes the entailment of responsibility within Christianity.

It speaks for itself, and if read will be valued and held tenaciously as by one that findeth great spoil.

The Methodist Review

Charles F. Deems (1820–1893) was educated at Dickinson College before becoming Pastor of the Methodist church at Asbury, New Jersey n 1840. Deems later went on to become Professor of Rhetoric at the University of North Carolina, Professor of Natural Sciences at Randolph Macon College, and President of Greensbro Female College. Charles F. Deems was notable for founding the American Institute of Christian Philosophy.

The Words of the Risen Saviour, and Commentary on the Epistle of St. James

  • Author: Rudolf Stier
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 1864
  • Pages: 520

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Following an extensive introduction to the Epistle of St. James covering Paul's conversion and travels, Rudolf Stier expounds on the attributes and character traits expected of Christians. Stier relies on the archetype of Paul in order to draw forward relevance and practical application.

This volume is in all respects alike remarkable and valuable. It illustrates a principle of which the bulk eve of Christian people have little thought, and gives prominence to portions of Scripture which have hiterhto been largely overlooked. The author has performed an exceedingly great service to the Church of God, by who, we are confident, sooner or later, the work will be highly estimated.

The Life of the Lord Jesus Christ

Rudolf Stier (1800–1862) entered the University of Berlin to study law, but abandoned that idea for his love of poetry. As a consequence of the unexpected death of a young woman he loved, his focus turned to theology and he entered the pastoral seminary in Wittenberg where he devoted himself to a comprehensive study of the Bible. Stier was a pastor at Frankenleben from 1829–1838 and at Wichlinghausen from 1838–1847. In 1850 he was called to the office of superintendent at Schkeuditz, then was superintendent at Eisleben from 1859 until his death. He was the author and translator of numerous books and commentaries, but is chiefly known for his devotional and mystical commentaries, The Words of the Lord Jesus.

Lectures Exegetical and Practical on the Epistle of James

  • Author: Robert Johnstone
  • Publisher: Anson D. F. Randolph & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1877
  • Pages: 466

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Providing a new translation of the Epistle of James, Robert Johnstone elucidates the exemplification of Godly characteristics in everyday life. Offering clarification and practical application, Johnstone draws upon the past writings of John Calvin, Johann Albrecht Bengel, and Johann Peter Lange to validate his deductions.

Johnstone's commentary on the Epistle of James is a carefully written and scholarly book. The several lectures exhibit careful thought and sufficient learning, and are rich in practical instruction unfolded directly from the text. Mr. Johnstone's style is vigorous and clear, and he writes with earnest.

The Congregational Quarterly

Robert Johnstone was Minister of North Grimsby Church from 1860–1871. Educated at the University of Glasgow, Johnstone was ordained on December 4, 1860.

A Practical Commentary, or An Exposition with Notes on the Epistle of James

  • Author: Thomas Manton
  • Publisher: R. Gladding
  • Publication Date: 1840
  • Pages: 439

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Providing extensive commentary on the disposition of the text, Thomas Manton examines historical context, semantic interpretation, use of colloquial language, and the development of early church doctrine. Drawing upon patristic writings for clarification on doctrine, Manton links the text with practical application and relevance.

Thomas Manton was born in 1620 in Somerset, England. He attended Oxford University, and graduated in 1639. At age 19, he was ordained as a deacon, and became the town lecturer of Collumpton in Devon. He began preaching at St. Mary’s Church in 1644, and became lecturer at Westminster Abbey in 1656. He also participated in the Westminster Assembly and preached before Parliament.

In 1662, Manton was forced to leave the Church of England for nonconformity. He was imprisoned—as were many Puritans—in 1670 for preaching illegally. He also crafted the Fundamentals of Religion with Richard Baxter during this time. Throughout his lifetime, Thomas Manton was a devoted follower and ardent defender of Reformed theology. He died in 1677.

The Epistle of St. James: Lectures

  • Author: Herbert Maynard Smith
  • Publisher: B. H. Blackwell
  • Publication Date: 1914
  • Pages: 386

The Epistle of St. James: Lectures was written in 1914 by Reverend Herbert Maynard Smith of the Anglican Church.

Herbert Maynard Smith (1869–1949) was a writer and reverend in the Anglican Church. He wrote theological essays, historical works, and detective fiction novels.

The Wisdom of James the Just

  • Author: W. Boyd Carpenter
  • Publisher: Thomas Whittaker
  • Publication Date: 1903
  • Pages: 253

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The Wisdom of James the Just celebrates the wholesome, vigorous, and practical teachings found in James’ five chapters. W. Boyd Carpenter begins with an examination of the personality of the writer, as revealed in the letter—his philosophy of life and thoughts about God—as well as those to whom he wrote. Carpenter then delves into the epistle itself, exhorting his readers to live the principles found therein. A full text of James is also included.

W. Boyd Carpenter (1841–1918) was educated at St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge, and was appointed Hulsean Lecturer at Cambridge in 1878. His works include Commentary on Revelation, Witness to the Influence of Christ, and The Apology of Experience.

The General Epistle of James: A Devotional Commentary

  • Author: Charles Brown
  • Editor: A.R. Buckland
  • Series: Religious Tract Society Devotional Commentary
  • Publisher: Religious Tract Society
  • Publication Date: 1906
  • Pages: 135

The General Epistle of James: A Devotional Commentary demonstrates that it’s possible to be devotional without being fluffy. This down-to-earth, hermeneutical commentary presents James’ epistle in a prayerful and meditative manner, so readers can read and study James for their own benefit before communicating it to others.

On the whole, we think Mr. Charles Brown’s Commentary comes as near the ideal devotional commentary as any of them. It is encompassed with common sense, as becomes a commentary on James. And from the beginning to end it seems to hear and obey the words of James, ‘Draw nigh to God.’

The Expository Times

It is gracefully written, and will be a wise guide for those who wish to embody the teaching of this robust Epistle in their own personal conduct.

The London Quarterly and Holborn Review

Charles Brown (1855–1947) is also the author of St. Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians: A Devotional Commentary.

The Epistle of St. James and Judaic Christianity

  • Author: Gerald H. Rendall
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication Date: 1927
  • Pages: 147

Gerald H. Rendall was an expert in the classics and wrote about both Christian and pagan authors from the Roman Empire, who provides a scholarly and historical context to his work on James.

Gerald H. Rendall (1851–1945) was an English educator and college administrator. He was educated at Harrow and Trinity College, Cambridge. His other works include Text and Commentary to Epistle of Barnabas, The Emperor Julian, Paganism, and Christianity, and Charterhouse Sermons.

James, the Lord’s Brother

  • Author: William Patrick
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 1906
  • Pages: 369

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William Patrick wrote James, the Lord’s Brother in order to cover what he saw as a gap in early church history. He states in his preface that, “I can form no conception of a James who is at once the James of the epistle and the Acts and the James of Hegesippus.” He discusses James’ history and life, his role in the early church, the epistle of James, and examines the participants of the Congress at Jerusalem.

William Patrick was the principal at Manitoba College in Winnipeg.

The Epistle of James and Other Discourses

  • Author: R. W. Dale
  • Edition: 4th
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
  • Publication Date: 1902
  • Pages: 315

In this volume, R. W. Dale presents 20 sermons that he presented in the summer 1894, primarily on the epistle of James. He also includes discourses on Galatians, Luke, Corinthians, Peter, Romans, and Acts.

R. W. Dale (1829–1895) was educated at Springs Hill College, University of London, University of Glasgow, and Yale University. Dale primarily pastored Carr's Lane Chapel from 1854–1895, and went on to become Chair of The Congregational Union of England and Wales.

Lectures on the Epistle of James

  • Author: Ralph Wardlaw
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Publisher: A. Fullarton & Co
  • Publication Date: 1869
  • Pages: 377

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Composed over the course of his life and published posthumously by his son, Ralph Wardlaw’s Lectures on the Epistle of James illustrate this epistle’s context, history, and meaning.

Ralph Wardlaw (1779–1853) was a Scottish Presbyterian clergyman and writer.

Exposition of the Epistle of James (with a Translation of an Amended Text)

  • Author: William Kelly
  • Publisher: F. E. Race
  • Publication Date: 1913
  • Pages: 191

William Kelly, a Bible scholar, wrote Exposition of the Epistle of James, along with several other books in the Bible, from the perspective of the Plymouth School.

This book will be downloaded as two resources, Exposition and Translation.

William Kelly (1821–1906) was educated at Trinity College in Dublin. He was involved with the Plymouth Brethren, and he served as editor for The Collected Writings of John Nelson Darby. His other work includes The Second Advent of Christ Premillennial: A Reply to the Rev. D. Brown.

A Discussion of the General Epistle of St. James

  • Author: R. St. John Parry
  • Publisher: C. J. Clay and Sons
  • Publication Date: 1903
  • Pages: 100

This volume offers a concise overview of the Epistle of St. James.

R. St. John Parry, or Reginald St. John Parry (1858–1935) was an author who also wrote Cambridge Essays on Adult Education.


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