Three questions form the basis of this analysis of the relationship of the
Epistle of James to the traditions of wisdom, eschatology and apocalypticism.
What kind of traditions are involved in James? What is the world
view of James? What audience or community is presupposed by this writing?
Foremost is the connection that James demonstrates to the wisdom
tradition evident in the Old Testament and extra-testamental literature.
In particular two types of wisdom tradition are noted in James: practical
wisdom advice as expressed in short sayings, wisdom instructions
and admonitions and reflection on the nature of wisdom (1:5-8; 2:1-7;
and 3:13-18) as coming from God. Finally, the question of how much
apocalyptic symbolism is evident in the eschatological world view of the
epistle is addressed.
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