Lexham Discourse Commentary: James

Lexham Press, 2018


The Lexham Discourse Handbook series guides readers through the Greek text, integrating insights from the Lexham Discourse Greek New Testament and Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament. Each volume in the series shows how various discourse devices contribute to the overall flow and structure of the New Testament books by providing a unifying analysis of each text.

A New Approach to Exegesis

Dr. Steve Runge’s approach complements traditional approaches by helping readers understand the exegetical implications of the writer’s choices. The Lexham Discourse Commentaries offer sustained analysis on the text, but do not engage issues like background, setting, and audience that preoccupy traditional commentaries. Instead, Runge applies his years of research in discourse grammar to editing this running exegesis of the Greek. If you have been disappointed by the lack of discussion about structure, discourse flow, and rhetorical strategies in modern commentaries, then the Lexham Discourse Commentaries are for you.

Runge and coauthors Kristopher Lyle, Jacob Cerone, and Rick Brannan initiated this series with volumes on Colossians, 1–2 Thessalonians, and James. The Lexham Discourse Commentaries fill an important gap in New Testament study by providing a practical analysis of discourse features rarely covered elsewhere. They describe the exegetical decision-making that leads to the conclusions and applications found in the English-based Lexham High Definition Commentaries.

Learn Discourse Analysis

The commentaries also provide a practical, scholarly model for those interested in learning to do discourse analysis. The Discourse Grammar provides the theory and explanation, the Lexham Discourse Greek New Testament provides annotations of all their occurrences, and the Lexham Discourse Commentaries synthesize that data and apply the theory to tackle tough exegetical questions that pastors and teachers face in studying the New Testament.

The structure and flow of the epistle of James have been the source of much debate. This is due in part to the scarcity of structuring conjunctions that James uses as compared to the writings of Paul or Luke. In the Lexham Discourse Commentary on James, Kristopher Lyle helps readers to recognize the conventions used for signaling transitions or developments in the discourse, and also draws attention to significant features that James employs to direct the reader’s attention to important information.

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Key Features

  • Provides an exegesis of the Greek text
  • Analyzes the structure, discourse flow, and rhetorical strategies used by each writer
  • Describes exegetical implications of the writer’s choices
  • Features a basic introduction to the theoretical framework and methodology applied in the analysis
  • Includes a glossary of technical terminology used in the commentaries
  • Serves as a companion to the High Definition Commentary volumes

Product Details

About the Author

Kristopher Lyle is a Language Editor at Faithlife Corporation. He holds a BA in Biblical Languages and Sociology from Houston Baptist University, and an MA in Biblical Hebrew from the University of Stellenbosch (South Africa) under the supervision of Christo van der Merwe. His research focuses on applying cognitive linguistic frameworks to our understanding of the biblical languages. He received the SASNES award for his MA thesis in 2013, and has since authored multiple articles on Biblical Hebrew lexical semantics.

About the Editor

Steven E. Runge holds a BA in speech communication from Western Washington University, a master of theological studies degree in biblical languages from Trinity Western Seminary in Langley, BC, Canada, and a doctor of literature degree in biblical languages from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, which was supervised by Christo Van der Merwe. In preparation for his doctoral research, Steve completed several years of study in the linguistic fields of pragmatics and discourse grammar.

He has served as an adjunct faculty member at Northwest Baptist Theological College, Trinity Western University, and Associated Canadian Theological Schools (ACTS) while completing his education. Steve presently serves as a scholar-in-residence at Logos Bible Software, where, along with Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament, he has developed the Lexham Discourse Greek New Testament and the Lexham High Definition Commentaries.


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