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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Dale Allison: ICC James

In Baltimore this week for the Society of Biblical Literature. I'll publish my highlights next week, but I am anticipating that one of them will be a panel review for Dale Allison's expansive James commentary. One of the key talking points will be his controversial thesis concerning the social setting of James.  On page 43, he writes:
“James represents Christian Jews who did not define themselves over against Judaism. That is, our book emerged from a Christ-oriented Judaism, from a group that still attended synagogue and wished to maintain irenic relations with those who did not share their belief that Jesus was the Messiah. In such a context the Epistle of James makes good sense.”
If you're attending the conference today (Monday) clear some time at 4pm (Peale A - Hilton).