Spirituality of Perfection Faith in Action in the Letter of James

ISBN-10: 0814658954

ISBN-13: 9780814658956

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Publisher: Liturgical Press
Publication date: 7/1/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Preface
A Call to Perfection
Approaches to the Letter of James
Aim of This Study
A Spirituality of Perfection?
An Overview of the Concept of Perfection in the Ancient World as a Background to the Letter of James
The Concept of Perfection in the Classical Greek World
The Distinctive Idea of Perfection in the Hebrew Scriptures and the Septuagint
The Concept of Perfection in the Wider World of Second Temple Judaism
An Overview of the Concept of Perfection in the New Testament
Conclusion
The Nature and Purpose of the Letter of James
The Importance of Genre
Practical Wisdom Advice
The Paraenetic or Protreptic Nature of This Wisdom Advice
Instructions for a New Social Order
The Function of the Eschatological in the Letter
Conclusion
Faith Perfected through Works: A Context for the Moral Instructions in the Letter of James
Importance of Perfection in the Letter of James
In the Tradition of the Biblical Understanding of Perfection
Call to Perfection through Enduring Trials
Wisdom as the Horizon for Attaining Perfection
Perfection and the Law
Faith Perfected through Works (2:22)
Conclusion
A Spirituality of Authentic Perfection
What Constitutes Spirituality?
Faith
Faith in Action
Conclusion: A Spirituality of Authentic Perfection
Perfection in the Letter of James and the Sermon on the Mount
The Call to Perfection in the Letter of James and the Sermon on the Mount
Perfection as the Hallmark of the Christian Life
The Call to Be Perfect and to Imitate God
Implications for Understanding the Emerging Traditions of Early Christianity
On Reading James Today
Introduction
The Practice of Authentic Christian Existence
Challenge Addressed to Christian Communities Today
Bibliography
Index of Scripture References
Index of Subjects
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