Exegesis of the Book of James

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An Exegesis of James Synopsis/Overview: The Book of James is addressed to the twelve tribes in the Dispersion and outlines how an individual should live their life. The book of James outlines the faith walk through sincere religion, honest faith, and wisdom. The book of James also contains a significant parallel to Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7. James begins by describing the overall traits of the walk of faith. James goes on to discuss the evil of the tongue, the responsibility of anyone who teaches, and faith in action. He then compares and contrasts the difference between worldly and godly wisdom and asks us to become close to God and abstain from evil. James goes on by rebuking the rich who hoard and those who are…show more content…
2121, The New Oxford Annotated Bible, 2010) * Father (James 1:27, 3: 9, p. 2121, 2123, The New Oxford Annotated Bible, 2010) * Father of lights (James 1:17, p. 2121, The New Oxford Annotated Bible, 2010) Conflicts in Narrative: * None Cultural influences: * Relationship to Jesus. Brother or step-brother of Jesus (Utley, 1995-2012, The New Oxford Annotated Bible, 2010; The New Oxford Annotated Bible, 2010, p. 2119). * Relationship to the church. Leader of the Jerusalem Church; more specifically, the Christian church in Jerusalem (Hauer & Young, 2012, p. 10; The New Oxford Annotated Bile, 2012, p. 2119). * He was one of the twelve apostles and one of the three pillars of the Church (Utley, Introduction to James, 2012, http://bible.org/search/apachesolr_search/literary%20work%20of%20james). Relationships to other passages: * He was one of the select individuals Christ appeared to after his resurrection (1co 15:7) Zondervan, NIV Study Bible, Introductions to the Books of the Bible, James, 2002, http://www.biblestudytools.com/james/). * Paul called him a "pillar" of the church (ibid) * When Peter was rescued from prison, he told his friends to tell James (ac 12:17) (ibid) . * James was a leader in the important council of Jerusalem (ac 15:13) (ibid). * Jude could identify himself simply as "a brother of James" (Jude) (ibid) * familiarity with Jesus' teachings
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