In the back of the bible
is James’ letter, a book a lot of people avoid, and have done for centuries. Martin Luther called it the Gospel of Straw and didn’t even want to include it in the canon!
Most people I talk with don’t really like James, and I have rarely heard sermons preached from it. I know there are commentaries out there, I even have one.
But the fact James is so controversial kind of intrigues me! Doesn’t it you?
To start at the beginning James: Introduction
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My passion for the Bible began when I eight or nine years old, somewhere in there, when on occasion my dad would take me to synagogue, where he sang. I remember watching the men in synagogue pray the words of scripture, murmuring and weeping, lovingly touching and kissing the Torah, and I wished I could read what they were reading.
Imagine, then, my wonder when I was given a Bible of my own! Read more
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[The first page of James in Minuscule 319, a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament. | By Unknown author – Minuscule 85 (Gregory-Aland), Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=14316420]