Richard Bauckham explores the historical and literary contexts of the Epistle of James, discussing the significance of James as the brother of Jesus and leader of the early Jerusalem church. He gives special attention to the aphorisms which encapsulate James' wisdom, and to the way that James' teaching closely resembles that of Jesus.
'This is indeed a thoroughly worthwhile exposition of the letter of James.' - Ministry Today
'Richard Bauckham offers us not a commentary but a study of the epistle in the light of what he sees as its historical and literary contexts … my admiration for a stimulating work.' - Michael J. Townsend, The Expository Times Vol.III No.3, Dec. 1999
'This is a distinguished contribution to Routledge's New Testament Readings series. It combines in a single volume careful and original scholarship with helpful and discriminating hermeneutical observations.' - James Carleton Paget, Journal of Theological Studies
'… a penetrating study …' - The Bible Today
'This book will be a helpful guide to those engaging with James either in the church or the academy, and it would be a welcome read alongside a more verse-by-verse type commentary.' - Preaching & Leadership, Midwestern Journal of Theology