A companion video to lesson 1 of the same series that asks the following questions:

How significant is it that James introduces himself in his letter as “a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,” rather than as Jesus’ brother?

What kind of weight would James’ brotherly relationship with Jesus carry in the apostolic church?

Why is it important to know something about the Jewish background of James’ audience when interpreting this letter?

If we pray and ask God for wisdom, how can we be sure that the decisions we make will come from God’s wisdom and not from ourselves?

What is wisdom literature?

What kind of influence did the wisdom literature of Second Temple Judaism* have on the epistle of James? (*the period between the Israelites’ return from exile in Babylon and the destruction of the second temple in A.D. 70)

What is the relationship between wisdom and understanding?

How does James tie together the themes of “true religion” and the “royal law”?

What relevance do James’ instructions concerning the rich and the poor have in today’s global economy?

Why did James place such a high value on “the tongue” as an indicator of a person’s spiritual state?

How should we best understand what James calls the “prayer of faith” in James 5:15?

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