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1 Dr Dave Mathewson NT Lit Lecture 30 4 20 11 2011 Dr Dave Mathewson and Ted Hildebrandt James and Paul Alright let s get started What I want to do today is wrap up our discussion of James and spend most of the time focusing on one particular text for two reasons one is because it seems to lie at the heart of James and summarize what is distinctive and unique about his letter But second it has caused a fair bit of question and controversy as far as how we read it and what this says about James relationship to Paul s letters and teaching So I want to spend a little time looking at that text in particular but very briefly summarize two of the other things we talked about We said that one way to understand the way James is put together is to see the letter of James as continually cycling through three different themes sometimes looking at them from slightly different perspectives the theme of testing and endurance the theme of wealth and poverty and then wisdom and speech I want to say a couple things about all of those things We ll focus primarily on chapter 2 in James and James teaching in relationship to faith and works and what he s trying to emphasize and how we might read that in light of what Paul has said as well but before we do let s open in prayer Father we ask for your presence with us and your enablement as we think about and discuss what is nothing less than your very words and revelation to us I pray we may better grasp what this text meant to and how it would ve been received by the first readers but at the same time may we continue to hear it as the ongoing revelation of yourself to your people today and may we understand better how to respond in light of that In Jesus name we pray Amen Alright one of the issues when it comes to interpreting James that we ve seen and in your notes I m talking now about the theme of faith and works but to kind of introduce that we said that the book of James is often read in a post Pauline context That is we have been



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