A Pastoral and Contextual Commentary
Criminals in Hong Kong and China are often superstitiously religious. Ironically, both they and police officers worship the same folk god, Guan Gong, who represents righteousness! But their religiosity has no moral consequences – what both groups are seeking is protection from their opponents.
Unfortunately, some Asian Christians have a similar model of religiosity. They want God’s protection and blessings, but they do not want God to affect how they live. James will have none of this. He is convinced that our devotion to God must be reflected in the way we live, and so he writes a letter that is full of sound, practical advice. He exhorts us to control our tongues, he speaks against greed, envy, and wrong desires, and he gives wise advice about enduring suffering, praying for ailing believers, and restoring believers who are tempted to depart from the truth. Using Asian applications, this commentary of James highlights the relevance the triune God has in all contexts of life.
The Asia Bible Commentary Series empowers Christian believers in Asia to read the Bible from within their respective contexts. Holistic in its approach to the text, each exposition of the biblical books combines exegesis and application. The ultimate goal is to strengthen the Body of Christ in Asia by providing pastoral and contextual exposition of every book of the Bible.
Drs Cheung and Spurgeon have given us a valuable resource that is both culturally sensitive and pastorally relevant. Readers looking for answers on issues like favoritism, controlling the tongue, and healing will find benefit from this very accessible commentary.
Rev Desmond Soh, DMin
Associate Professor of Practical Theology,
Singapore Bible College
Pastors, teachers and students of the Word will find plenty to chew on as they prepare to preach and teach in their local congregations and theological institutions. This is an indispensable book that must find a place in personal, church and institutional libraries.
Paul Cornelius, PhD
Regional Secretary (India),
Asia Theological Association
Here you will find a fresh approach with new insights but also one that interacts with recent scholarship and applies the letter of James to Asian contexts. The volume is full of insights on the book’s structure, summary statements following each section, and many illustrations from Chinese sayings and other relevant passages in the Bible. You will love this book!
Rick Griffith, DMin
Director (English), Associate Professor of Biblical Studies,
Singapore Bible College
Table of Contents
- Series Preface
- Authors' Preface
- List of Abbreviations
- Commentary on James
- Selected Bibliography
- James and Paul
- Elders and Prayer