Products>Brother of Jesus, Friend of God: Studies in the Letter of James

Brother of Jesus, Friend of God: Studies in the Letter of James

Format: Digital
, 2004
ISBN: 9780802809865


The letter of James has enjoyed a colorful history, with its background and significance widely debated over the centuries. In this book, an outstanding scholar of the New Testament offers new and selected studies of James that show its roots in antiquity and its importance for Christian history and theology.

Luke Timothy Johnson explores the letter of James from a variety of perspectives. After a general introduction to James, he looks at its history of interpretation. Johnson then examines James’s social and historical situation, its place within Scripture, and its use of the sayings of Jesus. Several exegetical studies take care to place James in the context of Hellenistic moral discourse. Two concluding essays look at the themes of friendship and gender in James.

Johnson’s Brother of Jesus, Friend of God is accessible to general readers serious about Bible study, and church groups will find this volume to be a fruitful entry into an important portion of the New Testament.

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Key Features

  • Explores the Letter of James from various perspectives
  • Examines the letter's place in scripture, as well as its social and historical situation
  • Includes essays that address the themes of friendship and gender in James


  • Prologue: James’s Significance for Early Christian History
  • An Introduction to the Letter of James
  • A Survey of the History of Interpretation of James
  • The Reception of James in the Early Church
  • Journeying East with James: A Chapter in the History of Interpretation
  • How James Won the West: A Chapter in the History of Canonization
  • The Social World of James: Literary Analysis and Historical Reconstruction
  • The Use of Leviticus 19 in the Letter of James
  • The Sayings of Jesus in the Letter of James
  • Taciturnity and True Religion: James 1:26-27
  • The Mirror of Remembrance: James 1:22-25
  • James 3:13–4:10
  • Friendship with the World and Friendship with God: A Study of Discipleship in James
  • Gender in the Letter of James: A Surprising Witness
  • Epilogue: The Importance of James for Theology

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About Luke Timothy Johnson

Luke Timothy Johnson is Robert W. Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. His works include The Real Jesus: The Misguided Quest for the Historical Jesus, and the Trust of the Traditional Gospels.