, September 20, 2019
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You can read my fuller review at Spoiled Milks (9/20/19).
This volume is easy to read and understand. Though written by an academic, this series is not ‘academic.’ Osborne always offers his own interpretation of any passage, and when he does present other views, he represents them carefully with grace.
The central theme of James’ letter is “ethical faithfulness to God” (16). Although James only mentions Jesus twice, some think there are “as many as fifty or sixty explicit and implicit allusions” to the sayings of Jesus. What better way to honor Jesus than to put his teachings into practice! You virtually meet him on every line.
Are James and Paul at odds with each other? Osborne believes James wrote his letter during the 40s AD before Paul’s missionary travels began, so before Paul’s debate with legalistic Judaizers had even begun. Instead, James “is developing his own theology of the relation between the Mosaic law and Christian freedom and grace” (6).
Osborne provides his own outline of James, believing James wrote his letter in a logical series of triads. (Examples of Osborne’s interpretations can be found at my blog).
Pastors, teachers, and laypeople will be pleased with Osborne’s commentary. Osborne wants to lead his readers to a knowledge of Christ that expresses itself in joy, awe, and obedience in all matters of life. Osborne will be a great conversation partner for most who want to study James.