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James (ICC) (International Critical Commentary) Hardcover – 25 Apr 2013

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  • Hardcover: 848 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury T&T Clark; Cri Int edition (25 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0567077403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0567077400
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 5.1 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,520,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The appearance of the second ICC commentary on James, almost 100 years after the publication in 1916 of the first by James Hardy Ropes is an event worthy of comment ... Allison has certainly ... given ample expression to the multiple skills a successful commentator requires, whether philological, historical, or interpretative, all of which built upon a range of knowledge and a sensitivity to the wider religious setting. -- James Carleton Paget, University of Cambridge Early Christianity Vol. 5 A monumental commentary. -- Rainer Metzner Biblica (Bloomsbury translation) This substantial commentary on James from Allison is superior to other works due to its breadth and thoroughness ... The textual interpretation is conventional in the best sense ... and the documentation and development of secondary literature in the footnotes is immense, a rare and unique resource. Theologische Literaturzeitung (Bloomsbury translation) With this commentary Dale Allison has set a new milestone in research on the Letter of James. He is due credit for his detailed discussion of existing secondary literature, upon which he expands and offers room to approach existing problems from different angles. Studien zum Neuen Testament und seiner Umwelt (Bloomsbury translation)

About the Author

Dale C. Allison Jr. is Errett M. Grable Professor of New Testament Exegesis and Early Christianity, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and is the author of The Intertextual Jesus and, with the late W.D. Davies, the ICC volumes on Matthew.

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50 pp Literature there is even more more Lit. noted in the footnotes, more than 100pp introductiomn and nearly 700pp ccommentary: Allison thesis: James is a pseuepigraph, written aboout 100-120ce, the writer knew 1Peter. Allison understands Jam 1,1 litteraly: the letter is written to jews outside Jerusalem. The greek word for law (nomos) stands for the tora. Some of the jews may be christian-jews in our language, but not all. The Author "James" iuses only a argumentation, which might have a chance of a consensus with addressed jews. Therefore there is no explicit christology in James. In 2,1 three words are a secondary gloss, this (as far as i know) new conjecture is possible, but i think it is not convincing.
The book is well managed, the detailed work is good readable on 790pp an the. Also i am not convinced by the main thesis, i think this is the best technical commentary on James esp. compared to Painter, Moo, Burchard and Pokes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, Thought Provoking and Rewarding 4 Feb. 2015
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Reading anything by Allison requires that you leave your presuppositions at the door. He is an original thinker that loves to explore. I have other books on James, but this one is a different animal altogether. While I don't always find his arguments compelling enough to change my mind, I do enjoy the journey; seeing many sights I would not have encountered elsewhere. More importantly, there is another side of him that I also admire. He has a true desire to know God. He is always searching for more. That is an example from which we all should learn. His is a brilliant and fertile mind, with a childlike curiosity that I hope he never abandons.
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Well written, clear. Destined to become a masterpiece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent commentary combining detailed critical scholarship of history of interpretation/reception 12 Feb. 2014
By Brian Renshaw - Published on Amazon.com
I highly recommend this commentary for any scholar interested in James. The attention to detail and the wealth of sources leaves one with ample information for study of James. For those interested in the history of interpretation and reception this provides a both/and that is often missing from critical scholarship. Along with historical critical exegesis Allison provides a wealth of reception history both separate from and integrated in the exegesis of the text. This is a rare combination.

If you are at all familiar with the rest of Allison's works you will know that this commentary is written in a humble manner. Allison admits when the evidence is scant and recognizes that he does not hold all the answers but will point future scholars in the right direction.

I received this as a free review copy from T&T Clark for an unbiased review.
5.0 out of 5 stars and brilliant! 15 July 2015
By Dr. James H. Platt - Published on Amazon.com
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I have always appreciate Allison's work and as I am personally studying James, I knew this would be a worthwhile purchase and resource. Indeed it is! Erudite, insightful, and brilliant!
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