In this article, James 5:13–20 is investigated. This section deals with the confession of sins in
the community of faith and the subsequent healing that will result. James will be compared to
Philodemus, a philosopher who comes from Galilee, just like James. It is not argued that James
was influenced by Philodemus but that a comparison between the two might open up fresh
perspectives for the interpretation of James 5:13–20. This will especially become clear when
the themes of moral exhortation, community health, communal confession and the role of the
psychagogue are discussed.