The New Testament

A Historical and Theological Introduction


36. James

Questions for Review

  1. Why is James sometimes seen as the most puzzling book of the NT?
  2. What are the options regarding the identity of James? Which one seems most probable?
  3. When was James written? What factors influence this decision?
  4. What objections are there to the traditional understanding of the authorship of James?
  5. Who was the first to mention James in a list of books being used by the church?
  6. Briefly discuss the genre of James.
  7. How does James resemble Jewish wisdom literature?
  8. What are some of the most prominent themes of James?
  9. How “Christian” is the theology of James, according to the chapter?
  10. How can it be said that James held “a ‘high’ christology”?