The epistle of James, notes leading evangelical opinion maker and NT scholar Scot McKnight, has become the 'ignored leader' of the New Testament. 'In fact', McKnight continues, he is sometimes said to be part of the 'junk mail' of the New Testament' (McKnight: 2010, p.9).
where is Scot McKnight coming from? In this NICNT commentary The Letter of James [NICNT] McKnight wants biblical students to read James' powerful letter on its own terms; not Paul's terms; not Luther's terms; not on our terms; James' terms. And those terms are: Ancient Judaism; Torah; the Prophets; the Land; and the centripetal city of Jerusalem; Jesus' teachings.
It is all in this 'little' epistle, and with clarity, wit, theological acumen, and exegetical precision, McKnight draws these motifs out masterfully. McKnight, who lands squarely in the 'new perspective' on Paul camp encourages us to see this underrated letter anew, to reconsider its themes, its call to holiness, and its call to discipleship--in relationship to faith.