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Black’s New Testament Commentary: The Epistle of James
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Black’s New Testament Commentary: The Epistle of James


Continuum 1980

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Considered as a part of the Christian canon, the epistle of James is an oddity. It lacks almost all of what might be thought to be the distinctive marks of Christian faith and practice. Luther, in fact, denies that James is the work of an apostle, because of what he sees to be its opposition to Paul in its interpretation of justification. The chief interest of the epistle of James is in its evidence of the way the nature of Christianity was understood by the author, his readers, and perhaps by those who accepted his work as part of Scripture. In his reinterpretation of traditional ideas in new situations, in his insistence on the right practice of prayer and of charity, and in his appeal to the nature of man and the nature of God in establishing rules for conduct, the author of the epistle deserves a continued hearing.

Praise for the Print Edition

. . it maintains the high standard of this series. The exposition is lucid, all the main cruces are discussed in detail, and the lengthy, well-structured introduction presents the conclusions which . . . Laws has formed as a result of her detailed study of the text. . . . In Sophie Laws' James, then, we have what will assuredly come to be one of the standard commentaries on this intriguing and delightful letter.

The Expository Times

One could hardly fail to be pleased with the content of the work. Laws writes with an engaging style which normally presents her case as clearly as space allows. . . . the challenge of meeting a first-class mind is invigorating. This is not a boring commentary.

Anglican Theological Review

. . . not only maintains the high standards of the Black's series but also fares well in comparison with . . . scholarly studies in French and German. . . . The book is a fine example of the well-informed and balanced exegesis which typifies British New Testament scholarship.

Journal for the Study of the New Testament

[This] commentary is surely a success and worthy of careful use. It rarely fails to clarify difficult passages; and it will inform a reader quickly and thoroughly of the relationship of James to Christian hortatory literature. Its moderation, thoroughness, and readability strongly recommend it to pastor and scholar alike.


Product Details

  • Title: Black’s New Testament Commentary: The Epistle of James
  • Author: Sophie Laws
  • Publisher: Hendrickson
  • Publication Date: 1980
  • Pages: 218

About Sophie Laws

Sophie Laws is Professor at Regent's College, London.

Sample Pages from the Print Edition