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Each volume begins with a brief introduction to a particular New Testament book, a basic outline, and a list of recommended commentaries. The body is devoted to paragraph-by-paragraph exegesis of the Greek text and includes homiletical helps and suggestions for further study. A comprehensive exegetical outline of the New Testament book completes each volume in this series.
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: B&H Academic
Publication Date: 2013
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X 0.63 (inches)|
Series: Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament
The Letter of James: New International Commentary on the New Testament [NICNT]Scot McKnightWm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2010 / Hardcover$36.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews
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The Letter of James: Pillar New Testament Commentary [PNTC]Douglas J. MooWm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2000 / Hardcover$24.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 6 Reviews
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James: Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament [ZECNT]Craig L. Blomberg, Mariam KarmellZondervan / 2008 / Hardcover$16.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 3 Reviews
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- Brief introduction on authorship, date, occasion, and purpose
- List of recommended commentaries
- Extensive exegetical notes
- Comprehensive exegetical outline
Chris Vlachos is Ph.D. program administrator and adjunct assistant professor of New Testament at Wheaton College. He served twenty-two years as an instructor and professor of Greek and New Testament at Salt Lake Theological Seminary. Vlachos is also the author of The Law and the Knowledge of Good and Evil: The Edenic Background of the Catalytic Operation of the Law in Paul (Wipf & Stock) and (with Marvin R. Wilson) A Workbook for New Testament Greek: Grammar and Exegesis in First John (Hendrickson).
Dallas Theological Seminary
Vlachos has accomplished a remarkable feat: surveying and excerpting the best introductory, grammatical and exegetical positions of modern commentators on James, evaluating them judiciously, creating detailed exegetical and briefer homiletical outlines, and inserting comprehensive bibliographies for every section and topic raised by the letter en route.
-Craig L. Blomberg
This volume compactly collects information that students of the letter of James would otherwise have to search for in dozens of other volumes.
-Douglas J. Moo
Vlachos sifts carefully and wisely through the grammar in the epistle. Students and scholars will both profit from his work.
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
If you want to know what scholars make of James, buy their commentaries. If you want to be equipped to learn what you should make of James based on the Greek text, buy this book.
Covenant Theological Seminary
Angelo5 Stars Out Of 5Concise yet rich in Greek language insightsNovember 26, 2016AngeloQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a helpful resource in studying the Greek text. It is concise yet rich in Greek grammar insights. It is a must for those studying and teaching the book of James who studied Greek (knowledge of intermediate Greek is necessary to get the most out of it). This is also a good investment for future use or as a handy reference in James when needed.
I have the Kindle edition. Having it in Kindle is great for portability and for accessibility via phone or tablet when outside home. But at home, I think an actual book is probably better (or maybe I am just not a good Kindle user). Having both versions is probably the best.
Just like the rest of the books in the series, the format (as stated in the general introduction) is: a brief introduction (authorship, date, etc. . .); a basic outline; list of recommended commentaries in the beginning of the book; abbreviations, then at the end of the book; a comprehensive exegetical outline, grammar and subject indexes (I hope they included an author index). But the bulk is the paragraph by paragraph exegesis that includes the following per paragraph section: 1) the Greek text phrase by phrase; 2) a structural analysis of the passage (the paragraph); 3) a discussion of the passage, vocabulary, textual variants and grammatical analysis; 4) various translations of significant words or phrases; 5) list of bibliography for each suggested topic related to the passage; 6) homiletical suggestions. This guide has all of these consistently except the diagram (not sure if this is a kindle version issue).
The author presented a concise case that the author of James is James, the Lord's brother. The letter was written at an early date, mid to late 40s. He wrote to Jewish Christians that were dispersed in Acts 8:1.
There were 5 main commentaries used that were based directly on the Greek text. These were Davids, Dibelius, Martin, Mayor and Roper. They were evaluated concisely but helpfully with their strengths and contents. Surprisingly, Mayor, the oldest commentary was deemed the best for Greek. Other commentaries though based on Greek but geared primarily for English readers were included like the ones by Blomberg and Moo.
The book of James was divided to 6 main sections and each having subsections. The bulk of the guide covers subsection by subsection, verse by verse and then phrase by phrase analysis in Greek, mainly grammatical analysis. This is a user friendly and helpful format.
Just to give a few examples of grammatical insights (my paraphrase/summary):
1:1 "theou kai kyrious Iesou Xristou doulos" theou kai kyriou Iesou Xhristou" these genitives are dependent on doulos and are emphatic being one of 3 where the genitives precede the head noun.
1:19 "iste" is not an indicative but a perfect imperative since James always precedes "adelphoi mou agapetoi" with an imperative
2:1 this verse contains the prohibition against favoritism "me en prosopolempsiais exete." It is an imperative that addresses action that must be avoided and not a cessation of a action that already started.
2:14 majority of 3rd class condition is aorist, the present denotes an action that can happen repeatedly, "if someone claims to have faith."
John M KightMichiganAge: 25-34Gender: Male5 Stars Out Of 5A commentary you cannot afford to overlook!November 1, 2015John M KightMichiganAge: 25-34Gender: MaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Chris A. Vlachos is the Ph.D. program administrator and adjunct assistant professor of New Testament at Wheaton College. Prior to joining the staff and teaching at Wheaton College in 2007, Vlachos served in Utah for thirty years, twenty-two years of which as an instructor and professor of Greek and New Testament at Salt Lake Theological Seminary. Vlachos earned an M.A. in New Testament from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in Biblical Theology of the New Testament from Wheaton College. Vlachos is the author (with Marvin R. Wilson) of A Workbook for New Testament Greek: Grammar and Exegesis in First John (Baker Academic, 2010) and The Law and the Knowledge of Good and Evil: The Edenic Background of the Catalytic Operation of the Law in Paul (Wipf & Stock, 2009). Most recently, Vlachos has authored a welcomed commentary in the EGGNT series, Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament: James (B&H Academic, 2013).
The Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament series seeks to function as a bridge to narrow the gap between the text of the Greek New Testament (UBS4) and the available lexical and grammatical resources being utilized by pastors and teachers today. The book begins with a brief introduction, discussing issues of authorship, date, occasion and purpose. If you are looking for extensive introductory material on the epistle you will need to look elsewhere, but Vlachos will provide you with a good survey of the need-to-know introductory information. As the commentary opens the reader is met by diagramed Greek text that functions as the roadmap for the commentary that follows. This is helpful for understanding the flow of the epistle and the overall thought of James as his pen hit the page. The commentary is discussed at the clausal level, as Vlachos explains and surveys the grammatical and exegetical discussion amongst biblical scholarship. Overall, I think Vlachos was objective in his evaluation, presenting the evidence in a responsible way in which cultivates contemplation on the part of the reader. Each unit in the commentary closes with a For Further Study section that includes a topically organized bibliography, as well as a Homiletical Suggestions segment which provides the reader with a number of text-derived preaching and teaching proposals.
The highlights of this commentary are numerous. First, Vlachos is clear, concise, and careful in his treatment of the text. If you are looking for a commentary that delivers sprinkles and frosting to decorate the cake, then you will want to look elsewhere. Vlachos is going to give you the cake alone. But the cake that Vlachos delivers is going to be some of the best cake you have ever tasted. It will be refreshing, enjoyable, and bursting with flavor. In other words, at under 200 pages, Vlachos will give you what you to know rather than what you may want to know. Second, as someone who seeks to engage in conversation with Mormons often, and given Vlachos prior position in Salt Lake City, I found his interaction on James 2:14-26 incredibly insightful. This is also testimony to the text-centered objectivity of Vlachos approach as he seeks to provide you with what the text says (and could say) without diverting into theological name-calling. Lastly, I found the grammatical index at the back of the book to extremely helpful for consulting the grammatical ideas flow across the letter. Not to mention, I seem to remember grammatical phraseology well, and thus can find the section I need quickly.
It is certainly no easy task to follow up the inaugural volume of what has come to be recognized as one of the best exegetically oriented series on the Greek New Testament. But if that wasnt enough pressure on Vlachos, the introductory volume was written by one of the worlds foremost respected biblical exegetes Murray J. Harris. Still, despite these mental challenges that inevitably entered into his mind, Vlachos has produced a clear and concise compilation of some of the best work on the letter of James, and did so while walking the reader through the grammatical and exegetical forest of one of the most important New Testament writings. If you are a pastor, teacher, student, or trained laymen, Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament: James is a resource you will not want to see missing from your bookshelf. It follows closely in the footsteps of Harris work and has become the first book off my shelf when studying the letter of James.
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DesignerAlberta CanadaAge: 35-44Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Condensed and concise......very niceFebruary 22, 2013DesignerAlberta CanadaAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5It is amazing how small and compact commentaries can become when the fluff is removed. This is a refreshing look at James and Vlachos gets right to the heart of the matter with no time spent on trivial comparisons.
Highly recommend this guide if you are already fimiliar with the background setting of James.