Analysis Of The Book ' James '

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The book of James focuses on the importance of “doing” and “working” versus simply
“hearing.” In chapter two James carries his audience through a logical argument, settling on conclusive proof that “works” is an important aspect of Christian faith. While focusing on the aspects of dead faith, James implies the nature of living faith. This gives the reader insight on the natural workings of faith. In doing so, he does not contradict Paul by stating works of the law are required for salvation. Instead, he proves how faith and works are connected and cannot exist separately. James brings an alternate, but not opposing, view of faith. Faith requires works not for salvation, instead, works are the by product of faith. Faith will produce action.
CONTEXT
There is much debate on the authorship of James. The beginning of the letter opens in a typical Greek style, addressed to the twelve tribes who are dispersed and from a man named
James. He describes himself as a “bondservant” of Christ, and that is all the background this author gives. Early church tradition claims one of three things: The author is James the brother of
Jesus; He is an influential man named James, but nothing more; The name is a pseudonym, someone taking on the name of James the brother of Jesus. In order for the Bible to hold its inerrancy, James cannot be written pseudonymously. This leaves two viable options open for debate, and the question boils down to whether or not this James is the brother of Jesus.
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