SC Live James Introduction

Why James?





To instruct the audience on the importance of wisdom – dealing with a number of problems in their attitude, something that a new way of thinking directly addresses!

Purpose passage: James 3:13-18 – “Proverbs of the NT”

About the Audience

A new religion (probably written around 44-47 A.D.)

They are going through a rough time (“Dispersion” 1:1) – Acts 8

“Twelve tribes” (1:1) – primarily a Jewish audience, not the only clues that lead us there

Jewish illustrations - Abraham (2:21); Rahab (2:25); Job (5:11); The Prophets (5:10); Elijah (5:17)

Jewish words

“Assembly” (2:2) is the word for synagogue as opposed to the word for “called out”

“Lord of Hosts” (5:4)

Keywords and Themes

Brothers (20x)

Judge/Doubt (20x)

Faith (19x)

Work (18x)

Law (12x)

Perfect/Mature (9x)

Wisdom (5x)

Speech (See 1:5, 6, 19, 26; 2:3, 12, 14, 16; 3:2, 5, 6, 8, 10; 4:3, 11, 13; 5:9, 12, 16) – HOMEWORK find more listings!

Wealth (1:10; 2:2; 4:13; 5:1-3) – contrasts between rich/poor; desire for wealth

Goals of Our Study

To learn about the book of James and the Bible study process

To develop study habits outside of our traditional gathering times

To challenge us to action

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