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Pages: 133

Publisher: Loizeaux

Publish Date: 1996

Edition: Revised

Condition: New.

Binding: Paperback

Markings: N/A.


James, 1st and 2nd Peter

James, the brother of Jesus, occupied a prominent place in the Jerusalem church, as mentioned in the book of Acts. The tone of James bears the imprint of his Jewish upbringing, and his insistence in Acts 15 that Christians were not obligated to follow Jewish customs points to his lifelong wrestling between the Gospel of Christ and the ritual of his Jewish past. These seemingly contradictory sentiments are present in the book of James as well.
This epistle has been met with skepticism—most notably by Martin Luther, who thought it contradictory to the Gospel. Ironside, however, explains that James tactfully outlines a living faith—lives exemplified by righteous living and godly behavior. Most importantly, Ironside shows that James deals not with abstruse doctrinal themes but with practical Christian ethics.
1 & 2 Peter were written primarily to Christian Jews of the dispersion, who lived in various provinces in western Asia. Like James, 1 & 2 Peter are not doctrinal, though the great doctrines of Christianity are in clear view throughout the epistles. They are practical epistles, full of exhortations and references to Old Testament history, and centered on the twin concepts of suffering and glory. Ironside’s commentary makes 1 & 2 Peter more accessible to modern readers than ever before.