- September 13, 2017
- Series: A Study of the Book of James
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- Lesson 1- Introduction to James
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Summary: Curtis opened the lesson by reading the entire book of James from The Message, a paraphrase of the original text. The purpose of the reading from this version was to mimic the experience of the first-century church who would have heard it read aloud as a letter. There are four men named James referenced in the New Testament, and scholars believe the author of this letter to be the brother of Jesus. He wrote the letter to a general audience made up primarily of believers with a Jewish background. Jews had been scattered abroad under the persecution in Jerusalem under Roman rule. They were often poor, downtrodden by the legal system, and facing the many difficulties common to immigrants. There were also some rich believers, adding to the lopsided makeup of the church. The book of James is in the literary genre of “moral exhortation,” or a call to living morally.