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A spirituality of perfection : faith in action in the Letter of James

Author: P J Hartin
Publisher: Collegeville, Minn. : Liturgical Press, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Throughout this century the Letter of James has been viewed consistently as a disjointed set of instructions. Father Hartin deviates radically from this approach. He shows that the "call for perfection" provides a unifying meaning for the letter. Examining the concept of perfection against the background of the Greco-Roman world, the Old Testament, and the Septuagint, the author shows that perfection provides a key  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: P J Hartin
ISBN: 0814658954 9780814658956
OCLC Number: 41137359
Notes: "A Michael Glazier book."
Description: viii, 192 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Ch. 1. Call to Perfection --
Ch. 2. Overview of the Concept of Perfection in the Ancient World as a Background to the Letter of James --
Ch. 3. Nature and Purpose of the Letter of James --
Ch. 4. Faith Perfected through Works: A Context for the Moral Instructions in the Letter of James --
Ch. 5. Spirituality of Authentic Perfection --
Ch. 6. Perfection in the Letter of James and the Sermon on the Mount --
Ch. 7. On Reading James Today.
Responsibility: Patrick J. Hartin.

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"Throughout this century the Letter of James has been viewed consistently as a disjointed set of instructions. Father Hartin deviates radically from this approach. He shows that the "call for perfection" provides a unifying meaning for the letter. Examining the concept of perfection against the background of the Greco-Roman world, the Old Testament, and the Septuagint, the author shows that perfection provides a key to define the spirituality of the Letter of James. It offers an understanding of God and of the way one is called "to be in the world." Hartin adopts a fresh approach toward understanding the categories of wisdom, eschatology, and apocalyptic as they illuminate the letter's advice."--Jacket.

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