James

Headline for Best Bible Commentaries on James

James is the twentieth book of the New Testament. Authorship is traditionally attributed to James, the half-brother of Jesus. The letter is addressed to diaspora Jews. James writes to encourage the recipients to remain steadfast under trial and to practice good works as a result of their faith in Jesus Christ. Commentaries on James often address its early composition, the relationship between faith and works, and wisdom for Christian living.

The Letter of James (PNTC) by Douglas J. Moo

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Accolades:

  • Desiring God: #1 recommended commentary on James
  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary on James
  • Keith Mathison: #1 ranked commentary on James, "If you can only have one commentary on James, this is the one to have."
  • Tom Schreiner: recommended: "a careful interpretation with attention to the theology of the letter"

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
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James (ZECNT) by Craig L. Blomberg and Mariam J. Kamell

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  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary on James
  • Keith Mathison: #4 ranked commentary on James, "The layout of the volume is very helpful. For each passage, there are seven primary sections: Literary Context, Main Idea, Translation and Graphical Layout, Structure, Exegetical Outline, Explanation of the Text, and Theology in Application. This series should prove to be very helpful for busy pastors."

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James (TNTC) by Douglas J. Moo

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  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary on James
  • Tom Schreiner: recommended: "a careful interpretation with attention to the theology of the letter"

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
  • Pastors/preachers seeking application help
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The Epistle of James (NIGTC) by Peter H. Davids

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  • Tom Schreiner: recommended: "a technical but very helpful interpretation of James"
  • Keith Mathison: #2 ranked commentary on James, "For those who are intending to do in-depth exegetical work in the original Greek text, Davids’ commentary in the NIGTC commentary will be an invaluable help. Like all of the NIGTC commentaries, this one leaves virtually no stone unturned."

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  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
  • Scholars/professors doing research
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The Letter of James (NICNT) by Scot McKnight

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  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary on James

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James (NIVAC) by David P. Nystrom

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The Message of James (BST) by J.A. Motyer

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  • Keith Mathison: #2 ranked commentary on James, "Motyer’s works should never be skipped by those seeking insight into the meaning of Scripture. His commentaries on Isaiah and Exodus are particularly valuable, and the same is true for this introductory level commentary on James."

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James (WBC) by Ralph P. Martin

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  • Tom Schreiner: recommended: "a technical and clear exposition of the letter"

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James (BECNT) by Dan G. McCartney

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  • Tom Schreiner: recommended: "a very fine exposition of the Greek text"

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James (MNTCS) by John MacArthur

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James (Preaching the Word) by R. Kent Hughes

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James (REC) by Daniel M. Doriani

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James (Crossway Classics) by Thomas Manton

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  • Keith Mathison: #3 ranked commentary on James; "Thomas Manton’s commentary on James is a classic work that should not be ignored merely because it is older. There is a wealth of insight here."

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James (Harper's New Testament commentaries) by Sophie Laws

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  • Tom Schreiner: recommneded: "a lucid exegesis of the letter"

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The Letter of James (AB) by Luke Timothy Johnson

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  • Tom Schreiner: recommended: "an insightful commentary from a Roman Catholic scholar"

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James: A Critical and Exegetical Commentary (ICC) by Dale Allison

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  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" on James

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James (Thru the Bible) by J. Vernon McGee

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James (HNTC) by Thomas D. Lea

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James (IVPNTC) by George M. Stulac

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