Analytical Review of the Book of James

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Analytical Review of the Book of James The book of James has been called the practical book of the New Testament by many. This review will cover the purpose of the book, why it was included in the Bible, what would be missing if not included, and how it applies or is relevant to today. The purpose of the book of James is to foster practical Christian living. The church people in James’ day were beginning to have undermining attitudes and practices. James speaks against these in his teaching. He exhorts them to remain true to the teachings and practices of the faith. James’ teachings are often compared to Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, which would be logical due to him being brought up in the same environment as Jesus. The book of James is a protest against hypocrisy. Some have criticized James in that they thought he was teaching that salvation was by works alone, but in reality he is complementing Paul’s teaching of salvation by faith. The two go hand in hand. Salvation by faith results in holy living (Harper, 1967). The book is included to help believers put their faith into action. It is not enough to talk the talk but to also live it (James 2:14, New Living Translation). James exhorts the Christian to look for ways to put their faith to work. He also emphasizes the fact that when trials come, their endurance will have a chance to grow. He does not say if, but when. It is through times of trial that the Christian will see how they react under pressure. He also admonishes the Christian to ask for wisdom in difficult situations. Those that endure testing and temptation will receive blessings from God. He advises us to listen and be slow to get angry. One analogy that has been used, God gave us two ears and one mouth, so we need to listen twice as much as we speak. James goes on to warn against prejudice whether that would be race, notoriety, or financial. Another

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