The precise nuance of the key verse: 'Has God not chosen the poor by the world's standards, rich in faith and inheritors of the kingdom which he promised to those who love him?” (oux 6 6.eóg éčekāčoto toug TToxoug tó kóogg, thouoious év ...
Author: David Edgar
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
The significance of the Epistle of James within early Christianity, when not neglected, has been disputed. In recent years the letter, and its author, have received renewed attention, and this contribution to the revival examines the way in which the author and his addressees are depicted within the social world of emerging Christianity. Edgar finds strong points of contact with the sayings of Jesus and with early Christian itinerant proclaimers, who are often seen as having been active in preserving and transmitting these sayings. The Epistle challenges the shaky commitment of its readers to their new allegiance, and, in the light of the coming of God's eschatological ruoe, employs the model of patronage to lay out the choice between loyalty to God and identification with the earthly value system dominated by the rich.
The first question in 2:5 (“Has not God chosen the poor? ... Two verbs control the sentence: God has chosen and God has promised. In James, God's election and not the death of Christ is the theological basis for Christian morality.
Author: C. Freeman Sleeper
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Sleeper's lucid exposition of James restores this often neglected work to its rightful place in the Christian canon. Carefully charting the verbal structures and argument of the letter, he demonstrates that it is a coherent piece of moral teaching intended to encourage the development of Christian character, not just a collection of disparate maxims. As he guides the reader through the letter's basic themes, Sleeper is attentive to its echoes in the Old Testament, Hellenistic Jewish wisdom literature, and sayings of Jesus, as well as to its affinities with other Christian writings. Moreover, he shows that the author's understanding of God and of human nature provides a significant theological foundation for practical wisdom about the Christian moral life.
placed in absolute contrast to 2:5, where James calls to “the beloved brothers” with another imperative, and insists that God favors “the poor in the world” with the rhetorical question: “Listen, my beloved brothers, has God not chosen ...
Author: K. Jason Coker
Publisher: Fortress Press
James confronts the exploitive wealthy; it also opposes Pauline hybridity. K. Jason Coker argues that postcolonial perspectives allow us to understand how these themes converge in the letter. James opposes the exploitation of the Roman Empire and a peculiar Pauline form of hybridity that compromises with it; refutes Roman cultural practices, such as the patronage system and economic practices, that threaten the identity of the letter’s recipients; and condemns those who would transgress the boundaries between purity and impurity, God and “world.”
God shows no favoritism (Romans 2:11; Ephesians 6:9, Colossians 3:25); therefore, neither should Christians. God does not respect ... James asks the question, “Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of ...
Author: William Golson Jr.
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
Category: Family & Relationships
These Jewish Christians were having some problems in their personal lives and in their church fellowship. They were going through difficult testing. They were also facing temptations to sin. Some of the believers were catering to the rich, while others were being robbed by the rich. Church members were competing for offices in the church, particularly teaching offices. Many failed to live what they professed to believe. Furthermore, the tongue was a serious problem, even to the point of creating wars and divisions in the assembly. Worldliness was another problem. Some of the members were disobeying Gods Word and were sick physically because of it, and some were straying from the Lord and the church. As we review this list of problems, it does not appear to be much different from the problems that beset the average local church today. Is not worldliness a serious problem? Are there not Christians who cannot control their tongues? All these problems had a common causea lack of spiritual maturity. These Christians were simply not growing up. Contrary to what we might think, not everyone who grows old grows up. There is a difference between age and maturity.
5Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? 6But you have dishonored the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you and drag ...
Author: Thomas Nelson
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
The Billy Graham Training Center Bible is a valuable resource that guides you to discover what the Bible says about anger, forgiveness, grief, marriage, peace, salvation, suffering, and temptation - more than 100 time-tested answers to your toughest questions from over 50 years of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's ministry. With an easy-to-use index, each topic is covered in a series of helpful chained notes throughout the Bible text, which clearly guide the reader to discover what the Bible says about his or her deepest needs.
Being chosen carries with it an'in and out' group mentality, and for Sharpe, his life demonstrated the complexity of ... Dwight Hopkins affirms Sharpe's actions when he quotes, 'Has God not chosen the poor in the world to be rich in ...
Author: Delroy Hall
Publisher: SCM Press
Drawing from real-life pastoral examples, socio-political analysis, and the theme of Eucharist as a means to human healing and restoration, A Redemption Song outlines and explores what a black British pastoral theology might look like. A landmark text, it offers critical reflection and practical tool for those working and ministering within multicultural communities, especially those with large African-Caribbean populations.
Author: Henning Graf ReventlowPublish On: 2011-06-23
Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? But you have dishonored the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you and drag you ...
Author: Henning Graf Reventlow
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
This collection of papers arrives from the eighth annual symposium between the Chaim Rosenberg School of Jewish Studies of Tel Aviv University and the Faculty of Protestant Theology of the University of Ruhr, Bochum held in Bochum, June 2007. The general theme of the Decalogue was examined in its various uses by both Jewish and Christian traditions throughout the centuries to the present. Three papers deal with the origin of the Decalogue: Yair Hoffman on the rare mentioning of the Decalogue in the Hebrew Bible outside the Torah; E. L. Greenstein considers that already A. ibn Ezra doubted that God himself spoke in the Ten Commandments and states that more likely their rhetoric indicates it was Moses who proclaimed the Decalogue; A. Bar-Tour speaks about the cognitive aspects of the Decalogue revelation story and its frame. The second part considers the later use of the Decalogue: G. Nebe describes its use with Paul; P. Wick discusses the symbolic radicalization of two commandments in James and the Sermon on the Mount; A. Oppenheimer explains the removal of the Decalogue from the daily Shem'a prayer as a measure against the minim's claim of a higher religious importance of the Decalogue compared to the Torah; W. Geerlings examines Augustine's quotations of the Decalogue; H. Reventlow depicts its central place in Luther's catechisms; Y. Yacobson discusses its role with Hasidism. The symposium closes with papers on systematic themes: C. Frey follows a possible way to legal universalism; G. Thomas describes the Decalogue as an "Ethics of Risk"; F. H. Beyer/M. Waltemathe seek an educational perspective.
James Chapter 2 “Listen my beloved brethren; has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which he promised to those who love him?” This sure is an interesting chapter of the Bible.
Living the Story of the Bible to Become Like Jesus Zondervan,. In your own words, describe how love for God and love for others are related. ... Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith ...
It’s one thing to know the story of the Bible. It’s another thing to live it. Grounded in carefully selected Scripture, Believe, NKJV is a unique spiritual growth experience that takes you on a journey to think, act, and be more like Jesus. Pastor Randy Frazee walks you through the ten key beliefs of the Christian faith, the ten key Practices of a Jesus-follower, and the ten key Virtues that characterize someone who is becoming more like Jesus. Every believer needs to ask these three questions: What do I believe? What should I do? Who am I becoming? What you believe in your heart will define who you become. God wants you to become like Jesus - it is the most truthful and powerful way to live - and the journey to becoming like Jesus begins by thinking like Jesus. When you study the life of Jesus you will notice a distinct pattern: Jesus faithfully lived in a purposeful way. Jesus compared the Christian life to a vine. He is the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in the vine of Christ, over time you will produce amazing and scrumptious fruit at the end of your branches for all to see and taste. You become like Jesus. Each chapter uses short topical passages from the New King James Version (NKJV) to help you live the story of the Bible. As you journey through this Bible, whether in a group or on your own, one simple truth will become undeniably clear: what you believe drives everything.
He has chosen the poor to be rich in faith and heirs to the kingdom.37 A strange notion , indeed , since poor people — being poor ... Yet , in James's letter , God's election of the poor does not entail a divine social discrimination .
Author: John P. Keenan
Publisher: The Newman Press
In this fascinating book John Keenan offers a classical commentary on the New Testament Letter of James, section by section, informed by a thorough study of contemporary Jamesian scholarship. His approach is unique in theat it employs Mahayana Buddhist Philosophy as the interpretive lens to focus on this early Christian text. The author argues that the first chapter of James' letter presents wisdom as non-discriminative, in a manner very similar to Mahayana Buddhist teaching on wisdom. And James' insistence upon deeds of compasssion and justice recommends a notion of Christian practice that is quite close to the Mahayana ideal of Bodhisattva engagement in the world. Because of these areas of resonance, James in particularly amenable to a Mahayana reading-a reading that enables us to elicit fresh insights from the text.