Rick Brannan at PastoralEpistles.com has been writing a blog series on “The Pastoral Epistles in the Apostolic Fathers.” His interest was sparked, in part, by his discovery of the The New Testament in the Apostolic Fathers (Oxford: Clarendon, 1905), a text available as a PDF at the Internet Archives (10MB). This title could be available for Logos Bible Software in the future.
His posts have got me to thinking about James in the Apostolic Fathers. I have not done any work in the Fathers before, so I think it would be beneficial to take a look. The presence of allusions to James in the Apostolic Fathers (or the lack thereof) can be particularly important to deciding when James was written. If there are clear allusions or quotes of James in the Fathers, it would indicate an earlier date. Of course all the issues of determining dependence and the danger of parallelomania need to be taken into consideration.
So, stay tuned. I hope to be a bit more active on this blog now that I’ve rested my brain a little.