About the New International Commentary
The New International Commentary combines readability with expert scholarship, and is highly regarded by theologians, preachers, and Bible students. The volumes in this commentary bridge the gap between today’s world and that of Bible times.
Each commentary opens with an introduction to the biblical book and examines its background, authorship, date, purpose, structure, and theology. The authors, who are world-renowned biblical authorities, provide their own translation from the original language to form the basis of the commentary proper. Verse-by-verse comments nicely balance in-depth discussions of technical matters. What follows is a scholarly explanation of the text and its implications for today's application.
The original Hebrew and Greek texts are carefully studied, and critical comments are footnoted. Plus, all grammatical, textual, and historical details are appended. The commentary proper incorporates this information in a way that aids your understanding of the text.
The contributors to the New International Commentary aim to help you understand God’s word as clearly as possible.
Pastors and scholars have often found the letter of James particularly vexing both to interpret and to apply. Scot McKnight's commentary expounds James both in its own context and in the context of ancient Judaism, the Greco-Roman world, and the emerging Christian faith. Though interacting with the best available scholarly work on James, McKnight first connects deeply with the text of the letter itself, striving to interpret James's teaching rigorously in light of what he says elsewhere in his letter rather than smothering the epistle in extrinsic debates and theories. Shaped from beginning to end for pastors, preachers, and teachers, this accessible commentary -- full of insight, good sense, and wit -- will shed fresh light for those who want to explain James and its significance to their congregations and classes.
About the Author
Scot McKnight is Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies at North Park University, Chicago, Illinois.
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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.