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Restoring the diaspora : discursive structure and purpose in the Epistle of James

Author: Timothy B Cargal
Publisher: Atlanta, Ga. : Scholars Press, ©1993.
Series: Dissertation series (Society of Biblical Literature), no. 144.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Timothy B Cargal
ISBN: 1555408613 9781555408619 1555408621 9781555408626
OCLC Number: 27814470
Notes: Originally presented as the author's thesis (Ph. D.)--Vanderbilt University, 1992.
Description: xiii, 245 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction: "On reading James" --
The problem of relating structure and purpose in the Epistle of James --
Two paradigms fro addressing the problem of the epistle's structure and purpose: "On reading James" historically ; "On reading James" linguistically ; Comparing historical and linguistic and linguistic readings --
1. Reading James from the outside in: Historical criticism --
Sketching the history of the historical criticism of the epistle of James --
Dibelius and the form critics: The structure of the epistle ; The purpose of the epistle ; Forms and historical reconstruction --
Davids and the redaction critics: The structure of the epistle ; The purpose of the epistle ; Redaction and ethical discourse ; Reading the epistle of James through historical lenses --
2. Reading the epistle from the inside out: Greimasian structural semiotics --
Early linguistic studies of the epistle of James --
Advantages of structural semiotic model: Syntatic vs. semantic organization ; A major goal of religious discourse ; Veridictory vs. thymic semiotics --
A thesis for relating structure and purpose in the epistle of James: Inverted parallelisms between the opening and closing of the epistle ; Semantic investments in the "Diaspora" figure ; Formulating two major purposes of the epistle of James --
Procedure for testing the hypothesis: Inverted parallelisms and thematization ; Transforming the opinions of the implied reader ; The reading strategy of this study. 3. "Perfection" through the "implanted word": James 1:2-21 --
Discursive semantic structure and thematization --
Exegesis and commentary: The blessing of trials ; Trials and testings ; The gift of wisdom ; The "Crown of life" ; Saving the soul from death ; The origin of temptation ; Birth by the true word ; The implanted word --
Discursive structure and purpose in Jas 1:2-21 --
4. "Works" of the "word" --
Discursive semantic structure and thematization ; Exegesis and commentary: Consistency of word and deed ; The cause of inconsistency ; An example of inconsistency ; The need for consistency ; A "living" faith ; Faith leads to action ; Benefit of faith and works --
Discursive structure and purpose in Jas 1:22-2:26 --
5. "Humbling oneself" in the light of "Judgement": James 3:1-4:12 --
Discursive semantic structure and thematization --
Exegesis and commentary: Human wisdom and action ; Proper use of human speech ; Improper use of human speech ; True wisdom shown by actions ; The grounds for judgment ; The actions of evil desire ; Humbling oneself before God ; Judgment of Speech and acts --
Discursive structure and purpose --
6. "Bringing back" one's "neighbor": James 4:11-5:20 --
Discursive semantic structure and thematization --
Exegesis and commentary: The judge and judgment ; Knowing and doing the law ; Judgment upon rich oppressors ; Being a patient prophet ; Patient endurance ; Praying in faith ; The task of a prophet --
Discursive structure and purpose in Jas 4:11-5:20. 7. "Restoring" the "Diaspora": Evaluationg the thesis --
The religious purposes of the epistle of James: The process of becoming a believer ; Accordgin to James' faith ; More specific religious purposes of the epistle --
An overarching figure: The "epistle" of James: Epistolary elements in the epistle of James ; The epistolary prescript ; Conventions for closing epistles and Jas 5:7-20 ; Rhetorical effect of the epistolary genre --
Discursive structure and purpose in the epistle of James --
An interpretive reading of the epistle of James --
Oppositions of actions in the epistle of James.
Series Title: Dissertation series (Society of Biblical Literature), no. 144.
Responsibility: Timothy B. Cargal.

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