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The Message of James: The Tests of Faith (Bible Speaks Today) [Paperback]

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Pages   214
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.23" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.61"
Weight:   0.61 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 1988
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0877842922  
EAN  9780877842927  


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This book powerfully brings out James' memorable themes--the link between enduring trials and maturity; the questions of perfection; the good gifts of God; faith, works and Christian concern in a world of human need; the implications of careless and evil words; the meaning of war; the church and healing; confession of sin; and the need for active purity of life.

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As a good communicator, James addressed his readers directly and pointedly with vivid images from ordinary life and attention-gripping statements. This rich exposition brings James's letter to life for today's reader. Alec Motyer is himself gripped by James's energy and concern for practical Christianity.The letter shows how a genuine faith is a tested faith, how encounter with difficulties is an essential part of the growth to Christian maturity this book powerfully brings out James's memorable themes--the link between enduring trials and maturity; the question of perfection; the good gifts of God; faith, works and Christian concern in a world of human need; the implications of careless and evil words; the meaning of war; the church and healing; confession of sin; and the need for active purity in life.

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I agree...  Feb 21, 2007
I purchased this book (along with a few others) to help in a Bible study I was having with a friend. It by far, has been the greatest resource of those I purchased. I agree with the other 5 star ratings of this book. Definitely one to purchase.
 
A way in to James' letter  Sep 19, 2004
Alec Motyer [pronounced "me TEER", by the way] has written many helpful commentaries on the bible, and this is another useful one.

He gives a helpful outline, which seems logical and makes sense of the seemingly disconnected thoughts in James' letter.

If you read bible commentaries to get to know the bible better, because you want to serve Christ more faithfully, you will appreciate this volume.

Other helpful books on James include the volume by Donald Burdick in the Expositor's Bible Commentary [which you can buy for not much more than a single book on a CD ROM that includes the entire 12 volume set] and Peter Davids' commentary on James in the New Bible Dictionary, 21st century edition. This is also available for an attractive price in the IVP Essential Reference Collection CD ROM, which also includes 20 other books, including the New Dictionary of Biblical Theology, the Dictionary of Biblical Imagery and other helpful works.


 
Excellent popular exposition  Nov 15, 2002
Alec Motyer is one of the best biblical expositors out there. His greatest strength in biblical scholarship has been in the structure of biblical works, something most people have found entirely lacking in James. Motyer reconstructs what may well have been the connections in the mind of James between seemingly unrelated teachings. In this book, James no longer seems to be a collection of miscellaneous proverbs but is more a summary of a thought process that moved from one thought to the other very quickly and without explicitly tracing the connectiuons, but Motyer shows the connections behind such moves.

The unity of the book of James thus comes out very strongly, and Motyer's thesis that James is a summary of a sermon or series of sermons makes much sense. On the level of details, Motyer does a great job explaining the text and its significance for daily life. He explains the theology behind James's thinking, something many scholars have assumed is not present in this book, and he presents his material in an easily readable manner without sacrificing the quality of his comments or the grounding of what he says in the actual text of James and the light of biblical theology.

This is certainly not the most in-depth commentary on James or maybe even the best. The work by Luke Timothy Johnson in the Anchor Bible series and Douglas Moo's Pillar Commentary (as opposed to his earlier, more brief Tyndale volume) are probably the best works on this epistle. However, Motyer is an excellent place to start for a more popular level and provides a nice complement to those works.

 

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