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The People's Bible Commentary: James - Jude [Paperback]

Francis J. Moloney
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22 Oct 1999 People's Bible Commentary
These seven letters towards the end of the New Testament are a diverse collection, addressed by their writers to widely scattered groups and individuals. They cover topics that range from the meaning of authentic Christian living (as distinct from following Jewish cultural norms), to encouraging perseverance among believers suffering persecution from the authorities. Above all, the writers seek to clarify what is true and what is false teaching - and to instruct the young Church as to how to tell the difference. The People's Bible Commentary (PBC) is designed for all those who want to study the scriptures in a way that will warm the heart as well as instruct the mind.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: BRF (The Bible Reading Fellowship) (22 Oct 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841010928
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841010922
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 12.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,162,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Francis J. Moloney, SDB (DPhil, University of Oxford), is Senior Professorial Fellow at Australian Catholic University, Melbourne. He formerly served as dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies at Catholic University of America and as provincial superior of the Salesians of Don Bosco for Australia and the Pacific region. He is the author of many books.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Caring for Unemployed Church Members 14 July 2014
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This is a really good commentary, and there are loads of things that I can say about it. However, I have condensed what I want to say into headings of what has been commented on:

The Letter of James
Here we look at James' instructions to care for the poor. Today you could say the unemployed. How should the church care for its unemployed members? If a fellow Christian lacks food or clothes, it is no good just shaking their hand and saying 'peace be with you.' They need practical help. Invite them out for lunch. Take them shopping. Do something to relieve their situation. The author touches on how Job felt abandoned by God and friends in his illness. The same thing could be said about the unemployed. Do they feel abandoned by the church because they have no high society status? James states that Christians should share one another's burdens, but you could ask the question: does the church share the burdens of its unemployed members? Or do they leave them in their lonely pain? James says that it is the responsibility of the church to bring back wandering members (who may be unemployed) into the fold.

1 Peter
Peter writes to the exiles who have been dispersed as a result of Christian persecution. Today, those exiles can be the homeless, those excluded from mainstream society, and the unemployed who are avoided in church. Exiles today do not need to be physically exiled from their country, but can be socially dislocated from mainstream society. Peter encourages his exiled Christians to impart blessing upon those who are hostile towards them. This is a hard task to comply with, but it can be done with God's grace.
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