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The Letter of James (The New International Commentary on the New Testament) Kindle Edition
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.
?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
About the Author
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.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B005C3RYQ8
- Publisher : Eerdmans (Feb. 21 2011)
- Language : English
- File size : 4102 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 527 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #420,584 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I find McKnight to be too wordy at times, and getting off-track from the text, but overall still find it an invaluable resource along with Moo and Blomberg & Kammel, which he references, as I preach through the book of James.
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At just short of 500 pages, this hard bound commentary is a massive resource on a small book. In fact it is almost exactly twice the number of pages written by Adamson.
McKnight approaches the epistle with great academic authority, using an enormous bibliography and weighs all disputable matters giving due thought to each weighty issue.
You will get a reasoned approach to the whole book, with access to the most modern and helpful material and probably the least biased result.
For example in the matter of the elders visiting the sick and praying for them, McKnight looks at all the possible meanings and comes to a conclusion that whether we like it or not the early church believed in divine healing so we must take the scripture as it comes rather than try to rewrite it to fit our theology!
You are a better person than me if you can sit and read this from cover to cover, but every page is a resource that will last me a lifetime. The usual introductory section on the identity and purposes of the author is excellent and you will quickly engage with whole sections of the work. This is a volume that I will "court" - visiting its pages from time to time and learning from it. It becomes not only an addition to my collection of commentaries on James (Martin, Adamson, Nystrom & Davids) but it now becomes the default.
It is very hard to find a better series than the NICNT
I really enjoyed the continuity of the book, so much of James' thoughts seem to be fragmented, but Dr. McKnight connected everything well and showed a flow throughout the book. Another highlight of the commentary for me was the helpful explanation of the relationship between faith and works that is often so highly contested amongst Christians.
He spends a lot of time on James chapter 2 and the supposed contradiction between Paul and James on justification by faith. His material in this section is a little different than the typical view and is well worth reading. I was really impressed with the background information that he brings up here and there throughout the commentary, probably more than I've seen in other works on James.
Moo (Pillar series) is probably more readable, but shorter. I'd like to give this commentary 4-1/2 stars, but they don't allow that here in the reviews. Mcknight's work on James almost merits a perfect 5, but there were some sections where after discussing all the options, he doesn't seem to mention which option he prefers and why.
If you are looking for a pretty exhaustive commentary on James, this might be your best bet. For those who don't want such a massive work, Moo is the better purchase.
All in all a good commentary, just be prepared that it is handled a bit different from the others I have encountered in this series.