“James represents Christian Jews who did not define themselves over against Judaism. That is, our book emerged from a Christ-oriented Judaism, from a group that still attended synagogue and wished to maintain irenic relations with those who did not share their belief that Jesus was the Messiah. In such a context the Epistle of James makes good sense.”
Dale C. Allison, James: A Critical and Exegetical Commentary (International Critical Commentary) Edition published by Bloomsbury T&T Clark (2013), p.43.
Dale C. Allison is an American New Testament scholar, historian of Early Christianity, and Christian theologian. He currently the Richard J. Dearborn Professor of New Testament Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary.
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