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SAINT JAMES THE GREATER- Rembrandt

English:  James
Greek:  Ιάκωβος
Transliterated:  Iakōbos [Jacob]
Other names:  The epistle of James

 

whoWho

Wrote the book:  James, the brother of Yeshua
Are the key people:  James
Is it written to:  Messianic Jews

 

whatWhat

True religion (James 1:1-27)
True faith (James 2:1-3:12)
True wisdom (James 3:13-5:20)

 

whenWhen

Was it written:  c 49 CE
Did the events occur:  c 48-49 BCE
Was it canonized:  c 100-170 CE
(see the Timeline of the First Century)

 

whereWhere

Was it written:  Jerusalem
Did the events occur:  Jerusalem

 

whyWhy

James was written to inform us that: 
Faith requires action.
Trials and temptations are part of a life of faith.
Believers are not saved by obeying G-d's law.
Wisdom reveals itself through our speech.
Believers should not compromise with worldly attitudes about wealth.

 

whyIntroduction

James [Yaakov] was the half-brother of Yeshua who became the leader of believers in Jerusalem after Messiah's resurrection and ascension into heaven. James encourages believers to persevere joyfully in the midst of whatever trials may come their way. He provides sound and practical advice to believers to live a G-dly life that reflects Messiah's life and teachings. Although James appears to write in contradiction to Paul regarding the matter of faith and works, James' focus is on the works that are the result of true faith and salvation, not the source of them. He points to the prophets of Scripture as examples of the patient and active faith we should have and the lives we should live as a result.

 

 

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וירא (Vayera)

 

 

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Yom Sh'lishi, 14 Cheshvan, 5779

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

 

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