James on Trial

Help Understanding Hardships


Written By: Ray - Aug• 20•09

James on Trial

How to react in the face of severe hardship


The title of this Book is intentionally meant to be a play on words. A more accurate title might be “Teachings from the Book of James on How to Live with Trials.” But I do not want anyone to be turned off by thinking that this book is just a verse-by-verse commentary (of my understanding) on the Book of James.

Let me make it very clear, this is NOT a verse-by-verse commentary. I believe that God gave James a story to tell and that he wrote it down, just as it was given to him. However, Jewish writers often did not follow an sequential, orderly progression of thought – as most contemporary writers try to do. Instead, the Jewish writers used a technique of writing that presented a thought then added parenthetical information to clarify the original thought.

Because anyone who thinks in purely sequential terms (verse-to-verse) may not be able to properly follow the Jewish writer’s train of though,the Jewish style of writing sometimes appears to be “jumping all over the place” and of having many disjointed concepts just thrown together. That is how some (verse-by-verse) commentaries interpret the book.

However, those who read a lot on the Internet are familiar with the “hyperlinks” found on the there. (Internet “hyperlinks” allow the reader to read other sources for additional information.) I will try to blend the styles and move from concept to concept – instead of moving from verse to verse. I trust that such a style will be easier for the reader to follow and still remain faithful to the message that God gave James for us today.

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