Heidegger's Bible Handbook: James: Argument of the Epistle

6. The Argument of the Epistle. Its great usefulness at this time.



Therefore, thus the Holy Apostle exhorts the twelve dispersed tribes to patience, wisdom in faith, humility; he shows the origin of temptations; he discourses against respect of persons in preferring the rich in the Church, and concerning faith to be demonstrated by works, concerning the restraint of the tongue, the establishment of an honest conversation; and he gravely inculcates other things pertaining to the formation of a holy life. And so he delivers, not so much the doctrine of faith, sufficiently taught previously by Saint Paul and others, as the discipline of manners; and he builds upon the mystery of faith. But certainly to our age, in which a great many have professed the Christian faith in that spirit in which were those whom he willed to address, this Epistle, if any other, perfectly squares and is generally conducive.

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