Signifigance of Exemplars for the Interpretation of the Letter of James

Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2.No. 376


By: Robert J. Foster
January 2015
Mohr Siebeck
Distributed by Coronet Books
ISBN: 9783161532634
242 Pages
$137.50 Paper original


In this book, Robert J. Foster explores James' use of his four characters from Jewish history and tradition (Abraham, Rahab, Job and Elijah) and considers their collective as well as individual functions in the composition. He concludes that each of the four exemplars was tested to the extreme (albeit in very different ways) yet remained wholly-committed to God. By reason of that commitment each exemplar became an outsider in both their cultural and historical contexts. 'James' urges his audience to emulate these exemplars in their less extreme tests of daily life by rejecting the values of the world and living according to the reinterpreted Torah of Jesus Christ.