RLST 152 - Lecture 18 - Arguing with Paul?
Lecture 18 - Arguing with Paul?
Early Christianity presents us with a wide diversity in attitudes towards the law. There were also many different Christologies circulating in different communities. The book of James presents one unique perspective. It seems to be written in the tradition of Jewish wisdom literature in its presentation of sayings and its concern for the poor. James also presents a view of works and faith that seems to oppose Pauline teaching. However, the terms "faith" and "works" function differently in Paul's writings and in the book of James.
Ehrman, Bart D. The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, pp. 454-456
Bible: The Letter of James