Sep 5, 2009

The Theology of James

Craig Blomberg and Mariam Kamell, James, Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2008), 254–61, identify the following as major theological themes in the book, moving from “the most central to the most peripheral,”

Wealth and Poverty
Trials and Temptations
Wisdom and Speech
Faith and Works
Law and Word
Other Themes (e.g., sin, salvation, growth in maturity, mercy, community, grace, repentance)

Blomberg and Kamell go on to take a stab at the unifying theological motif. To this end, they suggest that “when we examine the attribute of God’s simplicity or single-mindlessness and the way in which Christians ought to imitate it, we discover potentially unifying motif or subtheme running throughout the epistle. Because God never wavers in his allegiance and obedience to Christ an emulate God’s trustworthy consistency. In short, they should become people of integrity.”

What do you think?

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