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James (MacArthur Bible Studies) [Kindle Edition]

John MacArthur
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Book Description

These study guides, part of a 16-volume set from noted Bible scholar John MacArthur, take readers on a journey through biblical texts to discover what lies beneath the surface, focusing on meaning and context, and then reflecting on the explored passage or concept. With probing questions that guide the reader toward application, as well as ample space for journaling, The MacArthur Bible Studies are invaluable tools for Bible students of all ages.

Editorial Reviews


Clear, reasonable, understandable, devout-all things and more can be honestly said about this generation's greatest single-author pastoral commentary set. The MacArthur New Testament Commentary series is a help to Christians and preachers. Forged in the study, fired in the pulpit, these comments on the whole New Testament are a gift from one who loves Christ, given to Christ's bride, the church.
-Mark Denver, pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.

Dr. MacArthur's love for the Scripture and his many years of diligent study have resulted in a resource that is a great gift to the Body of Christ. I have found this tool to be a great help as I study the Word and teach it to women. I often refer to this set of commentaries to enhance my understanding of the text and to shed light on difficult passages and questions.
-Nancy Leigh DeMoss, author, Revive our Hearts radio teacher

John MacArthur has provided a compelling example of pastoral ministry based on the Word of God. Now the fruit of that ministry is available to us all: careful attention to the text of Scripture and faithful theological exposition, all in the service of the church of Jesus Christ. Both pastor and layperson will benefit for years to come from this unique commentary series.
-C.J. Mahaney, president of Sovereign Grace Ministries

The MacArthur New Testament Commentary is nothing less than a library of faithful exegesis and exposition. This project is unparalleled in our times, and John MacArthur has produced a masterful commentary series that demands attention and deserves a place in every preacher's library.
-R. Albert Mohler, Jr., PhD, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY 

From the Inside Flap

JamesFaith without works is dead. This truth, which emphasizes the fact that spiritual fruit will accompany genuine belief, lies at the heart of this epistle. As captivating as it is convicting, the book of James outlines the practical implications of a living faith. The application it calls for is as pertinent today as it was in the first century. Join John MacArthur as he explains each verse in a way that is both doctrinally precise and intensely practical.The MacArthur New Testament Commentary series comes from the experience, wisdom, and insight of one of the most trusted ministry leaders and Bible scholars of our day. Each volume was written to be as comprehensive and accurate as possible, dealing thoroughly with every key phrase and word in the Scripture without being unnecessarily technical. This commentary will help to give a better, fuller, richer understanding of God's Word, while challenging the reader to a vibrant personal spiritual walk.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1179 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (May 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #739,985 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for personal or group studies. February 8, 2009
This study guide series is one of the best I have ever used.

Macarthur gives an introduction to the book of James regarding the authorship, the background and setting, along with historical and theological themes. He also mentions some interpretive challenges that may arise from the Scripture.

MacArthur starts each chapter with some opening questions and then provides some background information to the passage of scripture. There is room in the study guide for you to answer the questions. The scripture is then read (which is included in the study guide) along with some of MacArthur's notes about the passage.

There are then several questions to help you understand the passage better. MacArthur provides a cross-reference Scripture passage to further explore the meaning of the original passage from James. There are, of course, additional questions to ponder or discuss.

Finally, MacArthur sums up the passage and lists a few more questions to help you reflect on the text and what you have learned.

I highly recommend this study guide series for either your own personal study or a group discussion. Each chapter can take about an hour during a group Bible Study meeting.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Kindle version is not the same as the print version November 2, 2011
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I bought the Kindle version of this book to use in a small group Bible study; the rest of the group is using the printed version. I have done this previously when we used a MacArthur Bible Study, and it worked well. Based on that experience, I bought the James study book. I found out while meeting to discuss the first lesson that the Kindle version is very different from the rest of the class. That is because the Kindle version is from the 1998 print version; the book was revised and re-released in 2007.

I don't know why the Kindle version of James is not the 2007 edition, especially when other books in the series have released the newer versions for Kindle. It's very disappointing to have to write a bad review because of something like this, but I can't give it good marks. It's unacceptable that the older version is being sold on Kindle when it would be as easy to provide the newer one.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent September 13, 2008
By Cookie
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Very informative, almost too much! A great study aid for individual study when a group is not available.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended Bible Study Series March 18, 2010
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I have now led and or participated in three Bible studies using John MacArthur's study guides. They are tremendous. Each guide gives a comprehensive introduction of the Book to be studied including the history and dating of the period, the background and setting, the people to whom the book is written and a bio on the author of the book being studied. In each chapter, MacArthur gives a brief but highly detailed introduction to the context and theme(s) of the passage to be studied. Each chapter focuses thematically on a segment of verses not necessarily on a whole chapter. Key words are explained for greater understanding and clarification. The questions that follow are substantive and make the reader look inward to their heart as well as into the Biblical passage for answers. He provides an opportunity to "go deeper" at the end of each chapter. This section takes the reader to a different Bible passage that either contrasts or shines a brighter light on the passage of study. I would highly recommend all of John MacArthur's Bible studies for personal study, men's or woman's studies or home group studies. They are an excellent way to dig deeper into Gods word.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Daily Study or Groups October 7, 2011
I started this study on James with a friend and it was perfect for that venue. We were able to talk about the words, look them up, answer his study and application questions, and discuss the Digging Deeper passages. Due to scheduling conflicts we couldn't finish, but I found this works just as well as a personal study. These books are rather misleadingly simple at first glance. Since he gives you all the definitions of the words in each passage, and gives you the cross references, it would be easy to just "fill in the blanks" and move on. And that would be OK if that's all you did. However, one can carefully read each definition, and even reference them with the Blue Letter Bible or Strong's definitions. One can circle those words in one's Bible or write them out in one's journal. Looking up the extra passages that Dr. MacArthur mentions is also very helpful, though the book does not provide space to write out the passages or thoughts about them. I now feel I have truly begun to study the book of James, and I can't wait to move on to my next choice in Dr. MacArthur's study series!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent August 12, 2009
MacArthur study guides are great for our Bible Study. Unlike many others, his questions are thought provoking. We use MacArthur material a lot in our group.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tremendous help April 28, 2009
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I use this book to help me prepare for a weekly bible study. The insights are helpful. The book helps me to understand deeper meanings, and then to pass them on. I am very thankful for this resource.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource, great read September 3, 2011
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MacArthur's review of the book of James is another in a long line of great MacArthur commentaries. It is an excellent resource for pastors and for lay-people as well as a very good stand-alone read. Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Its not and im not happy at all with it
I was told this was a new copy. Its not and im not happy at all with it.
Published 2 days ago by jessica
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect!
Very Fast shipping. perfect!
Published 8 days ago by SF agent
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Published 9 days ago by redbird
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful in understanding James
Plenty of cross references makes this book a valuable resource in studying the Book of James. There were also thoughtful questions to ponder.
Published 16 days ago by D. Hess
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great study, we are loving it!!
Published 21 days ago by Scrapgirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Bible Study
Delivered on time. Excellent study as are all MacArthur studies.
Published 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars This commentary is an amazing resource as I prepare to teach James
This commentary is an amazing resource as I prepare to teach James. I highly recommend it. It is so clearly written and the questions are thought provoking.
Published 2 months ago by Bookery
5.0 out of 5 stars I highly recommend this to anyone
We are currently doing this study in a small group. It is working very well and has proven to be very beneficial. I highly recommend this to anyone.
Published 2 months ago by jeffld
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Digging deep into God's Word, per usual with MacArthur.
Published 2 months ago by Kari H.
5.0 out of 5 stars It was very helpful in my lessons. I was ...
It was very helpful in my lessons. I was able to get an "A" on my two papers in college.
Published 2 months ago by cheryldaniel
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More About the Author

Widely known for his thorough, candid approach to teaching God's Word, John MacArthur is a popular author and conference speaker and has served as pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California since 1969. John and his wife, Patricia, have four grown children and fourteen grandchildren.
John's pulpit ministry has been extended around the globe through his media ministry, Grace to You, and its satellite offices in seven countries. In addition to producing daily radio programs for nearly 2,000 English and Spanish radio outlets worldwide, Grace to You distributes books, software, audiotapes, and CDs by John MacArthur.
John is president of The Master's College and Seminary and has written hundreds of books and study guides, each one biblical and practical. Best-selling titles include The Gospel According to Jesus, Truth War, The Murder of Jesus, Twelve Ordinary Men, Twelve Extraordinary Women, and The MacArthur Study Bible, a 1998 ECPA Gold Medallion recipient.

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