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By Mark E. Taylor

This learn uncovers major structuring thoughts in "James" that turn out to be necessary in a couple of methods. First, there exists a coherent, discernible procedure within the letter as an entire. moment, major makes use of of inclusion, besides different transition recommendations, draw recognition to big ordinary subject matters. 3rd, the citation of Lev. 19:18 and echoes of the Shema (Deut. 6) take place in major structural destinations suggesting that the double-love command within the Jesus culture (cf. Mt. 22:34-40) is a hermeneutical key to the translation of the letter. The research starts with an advent to the study challenge and its importance for interpretation. bankruptcy one summarizes and opinions prior proposals of the constitution of James. bankruptcy explains the text-linguistic method hired within the learn that's then utilized in chapters 3, 4, and 5. bankruptcy six bargains a proposed constitution for the letter that comprises a double advent (1:2-11; 1:13-27) joined through an overlapping transition (1:12), a gently crafted letter physique (2:1-5:6) that's bracketed by way of an enormous inclusion (2:12-13 & 4:11-12), and a end (5:7-20).

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Approaches to the Structure of James 19 the key to the structure of James. Martin adopted and modified Vouga's proposal. For this reason, they can be considered together. Vouga Vouga described the basis for his divisions as being drawn from the historical-critical study of the theological traditions within the epistle, its provenance, and a rhetorical analysis of the debate with its recipients. He proposed three main divisions of the letter, each of which begins with a major theme related to faith as illustrated below.

13-17 B. 1-6 VI. 7-20 A. 7-11 B. 12 C. 13-18 D. 19-20 Fig. 3. Peter Davids outline of James" Other, yet less detailed, chiastic proposals that merit attention include that of Robert B. Crotty and James M. Reese. The proposals sought to isolate the 'core' of the letter by indentifying the peak of a chiastic arrangement. 19-20, an inclusio that frames the letter. "6 Reese suggested a less elaborate chiasm, noting that the author had in mind a concentric structure in which the innermost circle conveys the central message and unifies the whole.

19. 20. 21. 19761~ -,22. Exegesis Bladr, Linguistics, p. 171. de Beaugrande and Dressleq Introduction to T e d Linguistics, pp. 2627. M. A. K. Halliday and Ruqaiya Hasan, Cohesion in English (London: Longman, Jeffrey T. Reed, 'Discourse Analysis', in Stanley E. ), Handbook to of the Neur Testament (Brill: Leiden, 1997), p. 193. 23. Black, Linguiaiy p. 171;Portes Idiars, pp. 3 W 7 ; Wilheh Egger, How t o Read the Neur Testammf: An Introduction t o Linguistic and Historical-Criticill Methodology (Peabody, MA: Hendridrson, 1996), pp.

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