The Letter of James: New International Commentary on the New Testament [NICNT]
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The epistle of James, notes leading evangelical opinion maker and NT scholar Scot McKnight, has become the "ignored leader" of the New Testament. "In fact", McKnight continues, he is sometimes said to be part of the 'junk mail' of the New Testament" (McKnight: 2010, p.9).

where is Scot McKnight coming from? In this NICNT commentary The Letter of James [NICNT] McKnight wants biblical students to read James' powerful letter on its own terms; not Paul's terms; not Luther's terms; not on our terms; James' terms. And those terms are: Ancient Judaism; Torah; the Prophets; the Land; and the centripetal city of Jerusalem; Jesus' teachings.

It is all in this "little" epistle, and with clarity, wit, theological acumen, and exegetical precision, McKnight draws these motifs out masterfully. McKnight, who lands squarely in the "new perspective" on Paul camp encourages us to see this underrated letter anew, to reconsider its themes, its call to holiness, and its call to discipleship--in relationship to faith.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 536
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 9.25 X 6.25 (inches)
ISBN: 080282627X
ISBN-13: 9780802826275
Series: NICNT

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Publisher's Description

Scot McKnight here explains the Letter of James both in its own context and as it may be seen in light of ancient Judaism, the Graeco-Roman world, and emerging earliest Christianity.

From beginning to end, the book is shaped for pastors, teachers, and scholars. McKnight is less interested in shedding new light on James than on providing a commentary for those who want to explain the letter and its significance to congregations and classes.

This commentary is accessible to a broad readership, at once full of insight and of good sense and wit that makes for good reading. The Letter of James is an especially helpful source for consultation as to what James is about.

Author Bio

Scot McKnight is Karl A. Olsson Professor in ReligiousStudies at North Park University, Chicago, Illinois. Hismany other books include The Jesus Creed: Loving God,Loving Others; A Community Called Atonement; NIVApplication Commentary volumes on Galatians and 1 Peter;and (coedited with James D. G. Dunn) The HistoricalJesus in Recent Research. He also writes theaward-winning Jesus Creed blog at patheos.com.

Endorsements

Peter H. Davids
-St. Stephen’s University
"Scot McKnight has written a very readable, evangelical commentary on James. While covering the traditional bases and literature, he also includes a number of new readings of the data that make his work fresh and intriguing. This book will be viewed as a standard evangelical work that needs to be consulted in any future work on this letter."

Douglas S. Huffman
-Talbot School of Theology
"This commentary is scholarly, interesting, and timely — three things not often said about the same book! . . . McKnight's reading of James sees the first-century Jewish-Christian community battling over issues of personal equity and social justice and struggling to find godly and workable solutions. With today's church struggling to find biblical solutions to the same kinds of problems, McKnight's explanation of James is a welcomed voice in the conversation."

Craig S. Keener
-Palmer Theological Seminary
"McKnight has produced a readable and carefully organized commentary packed full of concrete insights. He brilliantly blends the best thoughts of earlier scholarship with innovative thinking, and remains sensitive throughout to both ancient context and his modern audience."

Editorial Reviews

“Scot McKnight has written a very readable, evangelical commentary on James. While covering the traditional bases and literature, he also includes a number of new readings of the data that make his work fresh and intriguing. This book will be viewed as a standard evangelical work that needs to be consulted in any future work on this letter.”
— Peter H. Davids
St. Stephen’s University

“A readable and carefully organized commentary packed full of concrete insights. McKnight brilliantly blends the best thoughts of earlier scholarship with innovative thinking, and he remains sensitive throughout to both ancient context and his modern audience.”
— Craig S. Keener
Palmer Theological Seminary

“Readers will find in Scot McKnight’s learned and well-written commentary rich insights acquired through many years of investigating the life, leadership, and theology of James the brother of Jesus. Again and again McKnight breaks new ground, correcting old misconceptions and throwing new light on important issues.”
— Craig A. Evans
Acadia Divinity College

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  1. Jimmy Reagan
    Leesville, SC
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Respected Commentary!
    June 16, 2017
    Jimmy Reagan
    Leesville, SC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    Scot McKnight gives us this replacement volume in the venerable New International Commentary (NICNT) series. That series was aimed at pastors originally, but has since expanded its scope for scholarly types. Pastors can glean deeply from it, but it covers all the issues. Still like the earlier volumes is the fact that it has no untranslated Greek. A funny aside is how a major volume in another series by Eerdmans (James by Moo in the Pillar series) is written by McKnights dear friend. Both are well worth having.

    In McKnights Introduction to James he shows a keen appreciation for the complexities of the letter even while confessing that some of those complexities were foisted on James by scholars. His charge of some scholars being obsessed with certain strange developments of study is undoubtably true. His discussion of James in the Story is at once interesting and clear. He does a fine job in explaining how James gets tangled with Paul, even though it may be more of our starting point than a true divergence. Still, I cant agree with all his Paul-James controversy points.

    His discussion of who James was carefully laid out the possibilities and reached conservative conclusions after wading deeply. His dating of James was early. His portrayal of themes in James was helpful and the section on structure was excellent as it shared so many opinions of other influential scholars before he arrived at his own.

    The commentary section focuses to advantage on the text. I enjoyed it. Again, it might sound scholarly, but it will add to your understanding of this letter that perplexes many. You should check it out!

    I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
  2. oldmanchubb
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    fantastic commentary!
    August 21, 2012
    oldmanchubb
    Age: 25-34
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    I have to be up-front here - James is my favorite NT book, the NICNT is my favorite commentary series and Scot McKnight is one of my favorite contemporary theologians. So I was very excited when I found out this was going to be a reality and I purchased it to use for preaching through James recently. I was not let down and very pleased with this book.

    The NICNT is one of the best multi-purpose and semi-technical commentaries on the market today. They are solidly evangelical and solidly exegetical, without getting too bogged down with unnecessary detailing. They might be a tad much for those without theological training, but I would highly encourage laypeople to pick up one (especially this one!) and see if they feel comfortable with it. All the Greek/Hebrew is transliterated or footnoted and overall they help you understand the text on a deeper level and usually end with theological or application points, but they don't hold your hand or tell you exactly what to believe. They're a great all-around series for seminary students as well as for those preaching and teaching.

    I certainly appreciate Scot McKnight's take on all things related to the faith and would encourage you to read his other works, which can all be found on this website!
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