The Letter of James is the focus of the latest commentary in the Belief series. In the Letter of James, the writer sends encouragement to the early church, in the midst of the struggles and strife that marked its early days. Theologian Martha L. Moore-Keish guides the reader through the brief but important letter, most known for its discussion of the importance of actions to make a true life of faith. The volumes in the Belief series offer a fresh and invigorating approach to all the books of the Bible. Building on a wide range of sources from biblical studies and the Christian tradition, noted scholars focus less on traditional, historical and literary angles in favor of a theologically focused commentary that considers the contemporary relevance of the text.
The value of this commentary, like the others in this series, is the theological vision brought to bear on the exegesis. Moore-Keish is supremely qualified for this task, with her deep roots in Reformed theology and long engagement with world religions. - The Presbyterian Outlook
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“In her splendid new commentary on James, Martha Moore-Keish helps us discover once again how much we need this often-neglected epistle. How are Christians to act in the midst of today's divisions, violence, and rage? How are we to face our own fears in an Age of Fear? James helps us see that "God has already given us what we need: the Word, which is love for one another and for the whole wounded world." Moore-Keish's James arrives as a special gift to pastors as they seek to nurture congregations in the call to Christian discipleship.” –Erskine Clarke, Publisher, Journal for Preachers