Series: The New International Commentary on the New Testament (NICNT)
Pastors and scholars have often found the letter of James particularly vexing both to interpret and to apply. Scot McKnight's commentary expounds James both in its own context and in the context of ancient Judaism, the Greco-Roman world, and the emerging Christian faith. Though interacting with the best available scholarly work on James, McKnight first connects deeply with the text of the letter itself, striving to interpret James's teaching rigorously in light of what he says elsewhere in his letter rather than smothering the epistle in extrinsic debates and theories. Shaped from beginning to end for pastors, preachers, and teachers, this accessible commentary -- full of insight, good sense, and wit -- will shed fresh light for those who want to explain James and its significance to their congregations and classes.
Read more about the volume in a blog post by McKnight on EerdWord
Peter H. Davids
— St. Stephen's University
"Scot McKnight has written a very readable, evangelical commentary on James. While covering the traditional bases and literature, he also includes a number of new readings of the data that make his work fresh and intriguing. This book will be viewed as a standard evangelical work that needs to be consulted in any future work on this letter."
Douglas S. Huffman
— Talbot School of Theology
"This commentary is scholarly, interesting, and timely — three things not often said about the same book! . . . McKnight's reading of James sees the first-century Jewish-Christian community battling over issues of personal equity and social justice and struggling to find godly and workable solutions. With today's church struggling to find biblical solutions to the same kinds of problems, McKnight's explanation of James is a welcomed voice in the conversation. "
Craig S. Keener
— Palmer Theological Seminary
"McKnight has produced a readable and carefully organized commentary packed full of concrete insights. He brilliantly blends the best thoughts of earlier scholarship with innovative thinking, and remains sensitive throughout to both ancient context and his modern audience."