Book Reviews

The Society of Biblical Literature regularly provides book reviews, collected into the Review of Biblical Literature, and made freely available online. Below is a list of books reviewed on topics related to both the epistle & the historical James:

  • Klein, Martin. “Ein vollkommenes Werk “: Vollkommenheit, Gesetz und Gericht als theologische Themen des Jakobusbriefes. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer, 1995. Review by Todd C. Penner. HERE
  • Hartin, Patrick J. James of Jerusalem: Heir to Jesus of Nazareth. The Liturgical Press, 2004. Reviews by L. T. Johnson, P. H. Davids & Darian Lockett HERE
  • Hartin, Patrick J. A Spirituality of Perfection: Faith in Action in the Letter of James. The Liturgical Press, 1999. Review by Christopher Bowman. HERE Reviews by Christopher Bowman & Matthias Konradt. HERE
  • Johnson, Luke Timothy. Brother of Jesus, Friend of God: Studies in the Letter of James. Eerdmans, 2004. Reviews by Markus Öhler, William Wilson, Steve Patton & Kari Syreeni. HERE
  • Wall, Robert W. Community of the Wise: The Letter of James. Valley Forge, PA: Trinity Press International, 1997. Review by Patrick J. Hartin. HERE
  • Schmitz, Franz-Jürgen, Ed. Das Verhältnis der Koptischen zur Griechischen Überlieferung des Neuen Testaments: Dokumentation und Auswertung der Gesamtmaterialien Beider Traditionen zum Jacobsbrief und den Beiden Petrusbriefen. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2003. Review by Thomas J. Kraus. HERE
  • Popkes, Wiard. Der Brief des Jakobus. Leipzig: Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, 2001. Review by Matthias Konradt. HERE
  • Wachtel, Klaus. Der Byzantinische Text der Katholischen Briefe: Eine Untersuchung zur Entstehung der Koine des Neuen Testaments. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 1995. Review by W. Larry Richards. HERE
  • Perkins, Pheme. First and Second Peter, James, and Jude. Louisville: John Knox Press, 1995. Review by Andrew Chester. HERE
  • Edgar, David Hutchinson. Has God Not Chosen the Poor?: The Social Setting of the Epistle of James. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2001. Reviews by Matt A. Jackson-Mccabe & Matthias Konradt. HERE
  • Sleeper, C. Freeman. James. Nashville: Abingdon, 1998. Review by Matt A Jackson-Mccabe. HERE
  • Hartin, Patrick J. James. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2003. Review by Tobias Nicklas. HERE
    Brosend Ii, William F. James and Jude. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004. Review by Tommy Wasserman. HERE
  • Painter, John. Just James: The Brother of Jesus in History and Tradition. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 1997. Review by Robert Eisenman. HERE
  • Jackson-Mccabe, Matt A. Logos and Law in the Letter of James: The Law of Nature, the Law of Moses and the Law of Freedom. Reviews by Joel B Green & Matthias Konradt. HERE
  • Thomas, John Christopher. The Devil, Disease, and Deliverance: Origins of Illness in New Testament Thought. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1998. Review by Graham Twelftree. HERE
  • Penner, Todd C. The Epistle of James and Eschatology: Re-reading an Ancient Christian Letter. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1996. Review by Peter H. Davids. HERE
  • Osburn, Carroll D. The Text of the Apostolos in Epiphanius of Salamis. Atlanta/Leiden: Society of Biblical Literature/Brill, 2004. Reviews by Tommy Wasserman & Peter Williams. HERE

Journal Articles on the Epistle of James

These articles on James are hosted on a fantastic site provided by Ted Hildebrandt, professor at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts. See his faculty page at Gordon College HERE.

  • Burns, John A. “James, The Wisdom of Jesus.” CTR 1.1 (1986): 113-135. *.html, *.pdf, *.doc
  • Davis, George B. “Preaching From the Book of James.” CTR 1.1 (1986): 137-147. *.html, *.pdf, *.doc
  • Dockery, David S. “Commenting on Commentaries on the Book of James.” CTR 1.1 (1986): 167-169. *.html, *.pdf, *.doc
  • Dockery, David S. “True Piety in James: Ethical Admonitions and Theological Implications.” CTR 1.1 (1986): 51-70. *.html, *.pdf, *.doc
  • Heide, Gale Z. “The Soteriology of James 2:14.” GTJ 12.1 (1992): 69-97. *.html, *.pdf, *.doc
  • Hiebert, D. Edmond. “The Unifying Theme of the Epistle of James.” BibSac 135 (1978): 221-31. *.html, *.pdf, *.doc
  • Howard, Tracy L. “Suffering in James 1:2-12.” CTR 1.1 (1986): 71-84. *.html, *.pdf, *.doc
  • Rakestraw, Robert V. “James 2:14-26: Does James Contradict the Pauline Soteriology.” CTR 1.1 (1986): 31-50. *.html, *.pdf, *.doc
  • Sloan, Robert B. “The Christology of James.” CTR 1.1 (1986): 3-29. *.html, *.pdf, *.doc
  • Warden, Duane. “The Rich and Poor in James: Implications for Institutionalized Partiality.” JETS 43.2 (June 2000): 247-257. *.pdf
  • Wells, C. Richard. “The Theology of Prayer in James.” CTR 1.1 (1986): 85-112. *.html, *.pdf, *.doc

CTR=Criswell Theological Review; JETS=Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society; BibSac=Bibliotheca Sacra; GTJ=Grace Theological Journal