The Guide of James – The Bart Ehrman Weblog


Generally the questions I get from readers are brief and to the purpose, however require lengthy solutions over various posts.  Right here’s one of many latest ones:



Might you write a weblog on the e book of James and why it’s thought-about a forgery?



I believe this query deserves a complete thread of responses.  I haven’t talked a lot in regards to the letter of James on the weblog (not less than as far as I can keep in mind and inform!).   So why not?   It’s a brief “e book” – simply 5 transient chapters.  You may learn it in fifteen minutes.  Go forward!  What I say about it is going to then make higher sense.

One of the best identified characteristic of the letter is that it *appears* to be opposing the writings and teachings of Paul.  However does it?  Martin Luther, father of the Reformation, thought so.  He included the e book solely as an appendix to the New Testomony.

I speak in regards to the letter, and the explanations I don’t suppose it was truly written by James, the brother of Jesus, in each my in style e book, Cast, and my longer scholarly e book Forgery and Counterforgery.   There are certainly loads of students as we speak who suppose that James truly did write it.  I used to suppose so myself!  However after I began trying deeply into the matter, I got here away considering “no manner.”  I’ll clarify why in later posts.

For now, I’ll begin the dialogue by saying a number of phrases in regards to the e book itself, other than the query of who wrote it.  This put up and the subsequent come from Cast.


Within the New Testomony we discover not less than one e book that seems to assault Paul’s teachings, or not less than a later misinterpretation of Paul’s teachings.   It is a letter that claims to be written by somebody named James.  Within the early church it was extensively assumed that this James was the brother of Jesus.

(This) James was identified all through the historical past of the early church to have been …

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