Editor's note: It is my privilege to be able to put this
bible study on the book of James online and to be able to
share the author's work with everyone. I have done
my best to present Bob's book, originally titled "James -
Genuine Faith That Works", unedited in this space. I
have edited the format slightly to make it website
friendly and have likewise changed some the outline and
chapter structure to prevent some very long pages.
The content on this Bible study on James remains almost
completely unedited. With the exception of having to
remove some Greek words that don't translate well on a
website this is almost completely the same as the original
I believe that you'll find the book of James to be a
challenging book as he cuts to the heart of so many
struggles that Christians have. This makes the book
very practical for every Christian. The book is not
devoid of deep theology though either as it cuts to the
core of who God is and how one is actually saved.
Author's note: I had the privilege of
studying Greek Exegesis of James, under Dr. Homer Kent,
Jr., at Grace Theological Seminary. During this course, I
translated the book of James from Greek into English,
while doing the hermeneutical tasks that accompany such a
task. I am indebted to many scholars, who have written on
this short book.
The book of James is considered the first book inspired
by the Holy Spirit in the New Testament Canon. Rightly so,
it is a test of genuine faith that works. It is classified
by many as the wisdom book of the New Testament. The
wisdom contained in it cannot be ignored if a Christian is
to have a faith that works.
The reader will discover that James weaves in and out
topics; first, introducing and later expounding upon them.
He has drawn heavily from the teachings of his
half-brother Jesus and undoubtedly, this book influenced
other writers of the New Testament.
James wrote to the early church, which was comprised
mostly of Jewish Christians. Therefore, his writing has an
Old Testament flavor, yet is Christianity at its finest.
I have taught the book of James several times and this
commentary is the result of my study.
It is my prayer that it will be helpful in your study
Robert P. Conway
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The Writer of James