The Significance of Exemplars for the Interpretation of the Letter of James

Congratulations to Dr. Robert Foster (PhD Theology and Religion 2012) on the publication of his revised Thesis on The Significance of Exemplars  for the Interpretation of the Letter of James with Mohr Siebeck.

Robert explores James' use of his four characters from Jewish history and tradition (Abraham, Rahab, Job and Elijah) and considers their collective as well as individual functions in the composition. He concludes that each of the four exemplars was tested to the extreme (albeit in very different ways) yet remained wholly-committed to God. By reason of that commitment each exemplar became an outsider in both their cultural and historical contexts. 'James' urges his audience to emulate these exemplars in their less extreme tests of daily life by rejecting the values of the world and living according to the reinterpreted Torah of Jesus Christ.

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