James Through the Centuries

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John Wiley & Sons, May 18, 2020 - Religion - 360 pages
This unique commentary on James by an outstanding New Testament specialist, David B. Gowler, provides a broad range of original perspectives of how people have interpreted, and been influenced by, this important epistle. The author explores a vast array of interpretations extending far beyond theological commentary, sermons, and hymns, to also embraces the epistle's influences on literature, art, politics, and social theory. The work includes examples of how successive generations have portrayed the historical figure of James the Just, in both pictorial and textual form. Contextualizing his analysis with excerpts from key documents, including artistic representations of the epistle, the author reviews the dynamic interactions between the James and Jesus traditions and compares James's epistle with those of Paul. The volume highlights James's particular concern for the poor and marginalized, charting the many responses to this aspect of his legacy. Drawing on sources as varied as William Shakespeare, John Calvin, Charles Schultz's Peanuts, and political cartoons, this is an exhaustive study of the theological and cultural debates sparked by the Epistle of James. James Through the Centuries is published within the Wiley Blackwell Bible Commentaries series. Further information about this innovative reception history series is available at www.bbibcomm.info. Book jacket.
 

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Contents

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111 Trials Endurance Wisdom and the Exalted Poor
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1227 Trials Endurance and Doers of the Word
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113 Deeds of Faith the Chosen Poor
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1426 Faith without Works Is Dead
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112 The Power and Danger of Speech
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13412 The Fruits of Wisdom versus Friendship
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1356 The Sovereignty of God and Gods Judgment
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711 The Patience of the Faithful and the Compassion
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1220 Speech and Actions in the Community
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Biographies
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References
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Index of Names
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David B. Gowler is The Dr. Lovick Pierce and Bishop George F. Pierce Chair of Religion at Oxford College, Emory University, and Senior Faculty Fellow, Center for Ethics, Emory University, USA. He has published dozens of books, articles, book chapters, and book reviews, and since 1991 has served as co-editor of Emory Studies in Early Christianity.

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