Book of James Essay examples

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Book of James I read the book of James and was astounded at how much I learned in such a short period of time. James encourages us to rejoice in Christ and to persevere. The main themes prevalent in this book which are wisdom, faith, trials, speech and wealth, all pertain to us today and we can use the information this book gives us to benefit from it. The book’s structure, purpose, characteristics, and history really helped teach me how to deal with the trails and temptations we as Christians face from day to day. In order to fully understand this book, I thought it was a good idea to know the background information. Further looking into this, I really got intrigued by what I found. James was the brother of Jesus and the leader of …show more content…
Newly converted Christians needed to know how they could maintain their traditions but not let them interfere with accepting Christian believers who may not accept their social guidelines. James' teachings were also for Christians that had been scattered about as the result of the Roman persecution. Throughout the book, there are many instances where James talks about strength and reassurance in the face of hard times. James has a very chiastic structure to it. It runs in the form of A, B, C, D, E, F, G, F, E, D, C, B, A. I’ve gone through the book and marked down sections that follow this chiastic structure and it appears as follows: Finding joy in trials, rich men fade, lustfulness, the perfect gift, restraining the tongue, religion as a deed, distinctions of the rich and poor, faith in works, restraining the tongue, wisdom as a perfect gift, lustfulness and sin, the ways of the rich, and finally patience in suffering. The more I went through the book, the more apparent this structure seemed to me. As I read the book of James, the purpose of the book started to become more visible to my eyes and make more sense to me. As the book progresses, James develops the theme of the characteristics of a true faith. He effectively uses these characteristics almost as a series of tests to help the reader evaluate the intensity of their relationship to Christ. The purpose of this book is very practical,
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