Sacra Pagina - James (Hardcover)

Sacra Pagina - James (Hardcover)

Sacra Pagina - James (Hardcover)

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Sacra Pagina - James (Hardcover)

The letter of James is one of the most neglected writings of the New Testament. One of the strongest and most influential voices against James has been that of Martin Luther who saw James as a challenge to Paul's teaching on the relationship between faith and works. Even within the Roman Catholic Church, James has suffered great neglect as is evidenced through the scant usage of this writing within her liturgy.

Through this commentary Hartin endeavors to rehabilitate James by showing it to be an important witness to a major tradition within early Christianity. He argues that a good appreciation of the letter helps the reader to attain a wider vision onto that phenomenon that we call early Christianity.

Hartin's study begins with a detailed examination of the letter's literary background and its relationships within the context of the Jewish, Hellenistic, and emerging Christian worlds. From this examination James emerges clearly as a writing home within the world of Jewish-Christianity. Those complex issues of genre, authorship, and readership are examined, and Hartin argues convincingly that James is an early writing, stemming from the authority of James, the brother of the Lord, who writes to those Jewish-Christians in the dispersion of northern Syria.

Hartin provides a fresh, new translation of the letter that serves as the basis for a detailed explanation of the text. Section by section he examines the text and provides essential and illuminating notes on textual matters as well as issues related to content. This treatment culminates in an extensive explanation of the theological meaning of the passage within its own context as well as its application to the reader today. Through this methodical and scholarly examination, Hartin endeavors to remain true to the two horizons of the biblical text and of the modern reader.

The value of this commentary on the letter of James lies in its breadth of scholarship as well as in the empathic way in which he approaches this writing. The reader will discover a new and refreshing insight onto the world of early Christianity as well as a teaching that is of perennial significance.

The expression "Sacra Pagina" ("Sacred Page") originally referred to the text of Scripture. In the Middle Ages it also described the study of Scripture to which the interpreter brought the tools of grammar, rhetoric, dialectic, and philosophy.

This series presents fresh translations and modern expositions of all the books of the New Testament. Written by an international team of Catholic biblical scholars, it is intended for biblical professionals, graduate students, theologians, clergy, and religious educators. The volumes present basic introductory information and close exposition, adopting specific methodological perspectives while maintaining a focus on the issues raised by the New Testament compositions themselves.

The goal of Sacra Pagina is to provide sound, critical analysis without any loss of sensitivity to religious meaning. This series is therefore catholic in two senses of the word: inclusive in its methods and perspectives, and shaped by the context of the Catholic tradition.

The Second Vatican Council described the study of "the sacred page" as the "very soul of sacred theology" (Dei Verbum 24). This series illustrates how Catholic scholars contribute to the council's call to provide access to Sacred Scripture for all the Christian faithful.

Cover: Hardcover
Font Size: Standard Print
Size: 6" x 9"
Pages: 336

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