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The Theology of the Letters of James, Peter, and Jude (New Testament Theology) [Paperback]

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Pages   204
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.44" Width: 5.42" Height: 0.49"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 28, 1994
Publisher   Cambridge University Press
ISBN  0521356598  
EAN  9780521356596  

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The letters of James, 1 and 2 Peter, and Jude are among the most neglected parts of the New Testament, for they lack the immediacy and specificity of the Pauline letters. The authors of this study seek to remedy such neglect; they set the letters in context, examine their major themes, and argue that they are important both for the theology of the New Testament generally and for contemporary discussion about the nature and character of Christian faith today.

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Setting the largely neglected letters of James, 1 and 2 Peter and Jude in context and examining their major themes, this study argues that they are important for the theology of the New Testament as well as for contemporary discussion about the nature and character of Christian faith today.

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This series sets out to provide a programmatic survey of the individual writings of the New Testament. It aims to remedy the deficiency of available published material which concentrates on the New Testament writers' theological concerns. New Testament specialists here write at greater length than is usually possible in the introductions to commentaries or as part of other New Testament theologies, and explore the theological themes and issues of their chosen books without being tied to a commentary format, or to a thematic structure provided from elsewhere. When complete, the series will cover all the New Testament writings, and will thus provide an attractive, and timely, range of texts around which courses can be developed.

The letters of James, Peter, and Jude number among the most neglected parts of the New Testament. The authors of this study argue that the letters in question are more theologically significant than is often considered the case, and have a distinctive role to play in contemporary discussion of Christian faith. Andrew Chester sets James in context and discusses its main themes: eschatology, faith and works, ethical and social teaching; and (to a lesser extent) law, wisdom, human nature, ministry, God, and Christ. He addresses the problems that James has been seen to pose, in relation to Paul, for the canon and coherence of the New Testament, and points to the significance of James for the present day, especially in its attack on the rich and powerful and its demand for faith to be lived out in everyday life. Ralph P. Martin in turn shows how Jude and 1 and 2 Peter give insight into Jewish Christianity in its earliest development; how the Christian movement wasunderstood in an outlying region of the empire; and how the post-apocalyptic church utilized the memory of Peter for its practical needs. The resulting picture constitutes an expert and long-overdue treatment of these letters as valuable theological documents in their own

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A Good look at the most ignored NT books  Oct 17, 2003
This book is difficult to review because it not only includes different authors and texts, but texts which seemingly bear little relationship to one another. James has little or nothing to do with 1 Peter which has little to do with Jude and 2 Peter. This collection is a hodgepodge and indeed represents the most neglected of the NT books (as though one just decided to lump them altogether since they are all outcasts together).

Chester's treatment of James is very thorough (more so than the other three). He does a good job addressing conventional issues like James' relationship to Paul but does not make that the essence of his discussion. Chester uncovers a surprising amount of "theology" in James and elucidates its usefulness quite nicely. Given his space and goal Chester does a great job but for a more in-depth treatment see R. Bauckham's "James: Wisdom of James, Disciple of Jesus the Sage."

Martin is forced to survey three very different books and he does so adequately. Jude gets a great treatment compared with the relative interest in it and one could not really ask anything more of such an introductory book.

1 Peter's coverage was fine but it was tantalizingly short for a book that has links to Pauline Christianity, 2 Peter, James (?), and the apostolic fathers. I found everything discussed insightful and worthwhile but desired more background, esp. since 1 Peter depends so much on its literary style as opposed to its historical setting or personality (like Paul's letters). The other disappointment, despitre my disdain for the cookie cutter set up of most of these books, is that there was little "1 Peter for today" discussion. So 1 Peter was a mixed affair.

2 Peter had better treatment considering how much it is ignored. Much time was discussed looking into its setting and placement in the development of Christianity while it still had some development of its theological themes. I guess with both it and 1 Peter a discussion on the nature of testamentary writings (as these both seem to be) and a contrast with Pauline letters would have helped the understanding of these books.

Overall, both authors did the best they could with such overlooked NT material and their contribution is both significant and meaningful.


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