James: An Introduction and Commentary, By Douglas J. Moo
  • Length: 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: March 06, 2015
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 4287
  • ISBN: 9780830842872

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The genius of the letter of James lies in its powerfully simple call for repentance, for action, for a consistent Christian lifestyle. In this revised commentary Douglas Moo allows James's words to cut through our theological debates, our personal preconceptions, our spiritual malaise and return us to an invigorating, transforming Christianity. This second-edition volume in the storied Tyndale New Testament Commentary series includes a new extensive introduction, analysis and section-by-section commentary of the book of James.

"The Bible is being translated, commented on, read, studied, preached and analyzed as never before. But it is questionable whether it is being obeyed to a comparable degree," says Moo in the preface. "All this suggests that the message of James is one that we all need to hear—and obey."

The Tyndale New Testament Commentaries have long been a trusted resource for Bible study. Written by some of the world's most distinguished evangelical scholars, these twenty volumes offer clear, reliable, and relevant explanations of every book in the New Testament.

These Tyndale volumes are designed to help readers understand what the Bible actually says and what it means. The introduction to each volume gives a concise but thorough description of the authorship, date, and historical background of the biblical book under consideration. The commentary itself examines the text section by section, drawing out its main themes. It also comments on individual verses and deals with problems of interpretation. The aim throughout is to get at the true meaning of the Bible and to make its message plain to readers today.

"The Tyndale volumes have long been the premier shorter-length commentary series on both Testaments throughout the English-speaking world."

Craig Blomberg, Denver Seminary

"Tyndale commentaries are always useful, not least because they focus so clearly on the text of Scripture, and do not fall into the trap of paying too much attention to other commentaries and not enough to the scriptural text they are intended to expound and explain. So they retain their usefulness for preachers, Bible study leaders and for all readers of the Bible."

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Donald A. Hagner, Fuller Theological Seminary

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Christianity Today

"The sixteenth volume in the acclaimed 'Tyndale New Testament Commentary' series, James: Revised Edition is a masterpiece of theological scholarship and very highly recommended for personal, community, church, seminary, and academic library New Testament studies reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists."

John Taylor, The Midwest Book Review, August 2015


General preface
Author's preface

1. The letter in the church
2. Authorship
3. Circumstances of the letter
4. The nature of the letter
5. Theological emphases of the letter



Additional Notes
Aleipho and chrio (5:14)


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Douglas J. Moo (PhD, University of St. Andrews) is the Kenneth T. Wessner Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College Graduate School. He has written numerous New Testament commentaries for the NIV Application Commentary series and the Tyndale New Testament Commentary series, specifically on the Pauline and general letters. Since 2006, he has chaired the Committee on Bible Translation, the group of scholars charged with revising the text of the NIV, and is the coauthor of The Rapture: Pre-, Mid-, or Post-Tribulational? and The Law, the Gospel, and the Modern Christian: Five Views.