Alan Brady has posted about the influence of Jesus on the Epistle of James on his blog, Café Apocalypsis. It’s a great post. For those of you with access to a library, one of the most useful treatments of the topic is by Deane B. Deppe, “The Sayings of of Jesus in the Epistle of James.” Unfortunately this is a privately published dissertation and it is not widely available (WorldCat only lists 23 libraries that have it). Also worth mentioning are James and the Q Sayings of Jesus by Hartin and The Voice of Jesus in the Social Rhetoric of James by Wachob. Bauckham also treats the topic in James: Wisdom of James, Disciple of Jesus the Sage, pgs. 74-93.
Update (7.16.06): I forgot to mention some articles as well:
- W. H. Wachob & L. T. Johnson, “The Sayings of Jesus in the Letter of James” in Authenticating the Words of Jesus (eds. B. Chilton & C. A. Evans; NTTS 28,1; Leiden: Brill, 1999), 431-450.
- P. H. Davids, “James and Jesus” in The Jesus Tradition Outside the Gospels (ed. D. Wenham; Gospel Persepectives 5; Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1984), 63-84.
- J. A. Burns, “James the Wisdom of Jesus,” Criswell Theological Review 1.1 (Fall 1986): 113-135. Article online in the following formats: HTML/PDF/DOC.
- R. Bauckham, “Jesus and James,” in The Brother of Jesus: James the Just and His Mission (Louisville, KY: W/JKP, 2001), 100-137.