The Writer and Readers of James

The Writer and Readers of James

1James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting. – James 1:1

11Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing.
12For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
13For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
14But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. – Hebrews 5:11-14

James is the most intensely practical book in the New Testament.  It rebukes sham and hypocrisy, insisting that conduct must conform to creed, that profession must be matched by performance.  For what good is truth if we don’t know how to live it.

Let’s first look at the author James.

The Author

James confesses that his brother is now his Lord and deserves equal devotion with Yahweh, God of the Old Testament.

The Recipients

By the time James wrote his letter approximately 4,000,000 Jews were scattered in the Roman world.

The Greeting

James expected the letter that he wrote to gladden his readers’ hearts for it would verify the genuineness of their salvation and provide great comfort to them in their trials.

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