Book Review: "Personal Speech-Ethics in the Epistle of James" by William R. Baker

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Biblical Studies | History of Religions of Western Origin | Religion


A revision of a thesis originally presented at King's College, University of Aberdeen. Baker's intent seems to have been to go beyond the level of "introductory topics" (authorship, date, provenance, etc.) to a point of engaging "the content and actual thought" of the document traditionally referred to as the Epistle of James. The reason very few interpreters have taken steps beyond the "introductory topics" is clear: the history of research on this document reflects little consensus and much befuddlement among scholars about how to assess it and where to place it in the history of the rhetoric and diversification of early Christianity. B. is among the few who claim to have found an interpretive angle, viz. a specific theme whereby the document can be interpreted.

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