In the field of New Testament studies there is one area that is often a challenge to pastors and that is the relationship between Paul’s teaching and the teaching found in the Epistle of James. In the history of the church there have been those who like Luther dismissed James calling it ‘an epistle of straw.’ This book will help pastors rightly interpret both Paul and James as opposed to simply ignoring one or the other’s teaching.
In the first section Bruno addresses the biographical elements that shaped the lives of Paul and James and their respective roles in the early church. In the second section the Old Testament foundation for justification in relationship to Abraham is first addresses. Then the relationship the teaching of James on justification is explored following by a chapter on the role of good works in Paul’s teaching on justification. The final section addresses the implications the teachings of Paul and James on justification have had in the area of preaching and how their teaching is applicable to the life of the believer.
Having recently preached through James I can confidently say that Bruno has provided a beneficial resource for any looking into the supposed disagreement between Paul and James on the issue of justification.
Disclosure: I received a review copy of the book from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing it. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.