By Mark E. Taylor
This examine uncovers major structuring recommendations in "James" that turn out to be important in a few methods. First, there exists a coherent, discernible method within the letter as a complete. moment, major makes use of of inclusion, in addition to different transition thoughts, draw consciousness to special habitual subject matters. 3rd, the citation of Lev. 19:18 and echoes of the Shema (Deut. 6) ensue in major structural destinations suggesting that the double-love command within the Jesus culture (cf. Mt. 22:34-40) is a hermeneutical key to the translation of the letter. The research starts with an creation to the learn challenge and its value for interpretation. bankruptcy one summarizes and evaluations previous proposals of the constitution of James. bankruptcy explains the text-linguistic method hired within the examine that's then utilized in chapters 3, 4, and 5. bankruptcy six deals a proposed constitution for the letter that includes a double creation (1:2-11; 1:13-27) joined by means of an overlapping transition (1:12), a delicately crafted letter physique (2:1-5:6) that's bracketed through an immense inclusion (2:12-13 & 4:11-12), and a end (5:7-20).
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1-18), and the wealth theme is developed in terms of obedience and sharing. Thus, theme expansion and merging gives the double opening statement cohesion. 1-26 addresses wealth, 3 . 1 4 . 6 reiterates testing. 7-ll), which could have ended the Approaches to the Stmcture of James 17 letter. "' Davids outlined James as follows. I. 1 II. 2-27 A. 2-11 B. 12-27 III. 1-26 A. 1-13 B. 14-26 TV. 12 A. 1-12 B. 13-18 C. 1-10 D. 11-12 V. 6 A. 13-17 B. 1-6 VI. 7-20 A. 7-11 B. 12 C. 13-18 D. 19-20 Fig. 3. Peter Davids outline of James" Other, yet less detailed, chiastic proposals that merit attention include that of Robert B.
The four major hute to this overall p ~ r p o s e . ~ Luke L. " This writer was Cargal, Restoring the Dirrrpora, pp. 36-44. Cargal Resfor*tgthe Dlaspora, pp. 201-18. Another interpretationof James with similarities to Cargal's approach is that of Kenneth D. Tollefson, who analysed the letter as 'dialectical discourseSe,a text-centred approach focused on the use of 'binary oppositions' in the text that are designed to pamade the reader to select a specific course of action. Kemeth D. Tollefson, 'The Epistle of James as Dialectical Discourse', BTB 21 (1997),pp.
1-6 D. 7-11 E. Community Issues: Oath-taking, Reactions to Trouble, etc. 12-18 F. 19-20 Fig. 5. Ralph Martin's outline of James" 41. Ralph P. Martin, The Epistle of James (Word Biblical Commentary, Waco, TX: Word Books, 1988), pp. cii-ciii. 42. Ralph P. Marti& The Epistle oflames, pp. ciii-civ. * Johnson's own analysis emphasized the rhetorical structure of the text and at the same time stressed the necessity of assuming a surface and syntactically discernible connection between statements. " For Johnson, a deep structure of polar opposition between 'friendship with the world' and 'friendship with God' undergirds the discourse as a whole.
A Text-Linguistic Investigation into the Discourse Structure of James (Library of New Testament Studies) by Mark E. Taylor