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"Well researched and well reasoned, practical and pastoral, shrewd, solid, and searching, this is a truly Jamesish exposition of James's letter, top-class in every way." --J. I. Packer, Professor of Theology, Regent College, Vancouver

"Those of us who regularly preach need commentaries that provide the best biblical scholarship and also understand the practical challenges of today's pastorate. The Reformed Expository Commentary series, prepared by Reformed preachers of great scholarly ability, ably speaks to both needs. As a combined exegetical and homiletical commentary, it is a sermon preparation tool of exceptional value. The authors of the Westminster Confession of Faith advised pastors to speak to both 'the necessities and capacities' of our people. This commentary series, which so well understands God's Word and God's people, greatly aids in that dual task of faithful preachers." --Bryan Chapell, President, Covenant Theological Seminary

"A canonical, Reformed expositional commentary has long been a desideratum, and we are now in debt to this gifted team of pastor-theologians for bringing it to pass." --J. Ligon Duncan, Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi

About the Author

Daniel M. Doriani is vice president of strategic academic projects and professor of theology at Covenant Theological Seminary. Previously he was senior pastor of Central Presbyterian Church in Clayton, Missouri.

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Product Details

  • Series: Reformed Expository Commentary
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: P & R Publishing; First Edition (US) First Printing edition (February 23, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087552785X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875527857
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #296,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A pastor, Dan Doriani was formerly Professor of New Testament and Dean of Faculty at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He maintains a wide variety of scholarly and pastoral interests and frequently speaks at church conferences around the country.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By D. Westfall on April 16, 2007
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Let me start off by stating two facts that might completely undercut my review in your eyes. I am not a pastor, educator, etc... I am completely a lay person, and secondly I have never read any other commentary. For all I know every other commentary in the world is superior to this one.

With that out of the way I just wanted to say that I very much enjoyed this commentary, and it impressed me enough to buy another book in the series. The book is about two hundred pages long, spaced out into chapters of idealogical themes within James. And maybe it's because I'm not a pastor, but one thing that just jumped out at me was how accessable it was. It might be that it's just the subject matter, but I found this book to be very devotional in nature. After a chapter of God judging those who partake in favoratism, say they'll do things and don't, etc... there was always plenty to reflect on and repent of.

One thing I appreciated about this series is that he used the ESV, NASB, and NIV, but gave reasons why each was used, or used all three so you could compare. He didn't just say avoid the Nearly Inspired Version, when he thought the NIV was wrong he'd go into why, another time when he thought the NIV was the only one that got it right he'd go into why. It was an interesting side issue that never bogged down the work.

The whole book read like a sermon from an excellent pastor, I feel like I have a much better grasp of the book of James after reading this, and would highly recommend it to anyone. As a side note I really didn't find, with the exception of one paragraph, anything that was strictly Reformed in perspective, which is just due to the nature of James. The upside of that is that it can be loaned to my Armenian friends without restarting a giant argument.

Was very pleased with this and if the others in the series are as good as this one, I think we've got a great new powerful resource to draw off of.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By on March 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Although I do not know Dan Doriani personally, I have long been glad for his ministry here in St. Louis. His teaching at Covenant Theological Seminary has benefited many of my friends, and I weekly pass by the marquee of his church and take note of what text he is preaching. Needless to say, I had a high sense of expectation as I poured through his new commentary on James from the Reformed Expository Commentary series.

I would describe this commentary as expository, pastoral, and applicational. Doriani knows his exegesis, but his real strength is in the application of the text. He takes the timeless message of the Scripture and takes it right to the heart of contemporary life. He really seems to understand how to communicate truth for comprehension and obedience by the sheep he shepherds.

Regarding the specific content of James, Doriani explains the "law" and "wisdom" flavor of James. He states that James can pile on the doubt regarding whether we are able to keep these principles of godliness. Doriani writes:
"James, like the Sermon on the Mount, is sublime and penetrating- almost too penetrating. Its piercing assessment of our failures proves we cannot achieve holiness by our striving. James stirs us to action, but as it reveals our sins, we doubt our ability to do what the writer commands. Yet James often declares that obedience is a hallmark of living faith: "Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says" (1:22). James demands an obedience that honest readers know they cannot render. Therefore, while the individual sentences and paragraphs of James are clear, we struggle to resolve the tension between the stringency of James's demands and our inability to attain them.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By R. Hayton VINE VOICE on December 7, 2009
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It's hard to keep up with all of the new commentary series available these days. Critical, expository, application, practical, scholar's, layman's, preacher's, everyman's - commentaries come in all shapes and sizes. They also run the whole gamut of theological positions. One can find a commentary to fit almost anyone's personal taste. This is actually a good thing, as non-English speaking people could certainly attest. Availability of good resources (along with some less useful ones) is a blessing we must not take for granted.

When I asked for a book from P&R's Reformed Expository Commentary series, to sample, I wasn't sure quite what to expect. As it turned out, I was totally unprepared for how truly excellent a commentary actually can be.

James, by Daniel Doriani, is a joy to read - and use. I've been putting it to use in a men's Bible study on the book of James. And the book serves well to that end. Not only is it an able study tool, but it would serve as excellent devotional reading material. It has the right balance of practical theology and careful scholarship.

The Reformed Expository Commentary series purposely aims to keep the volumes more pastoral and accessible to lay leaders within the church. The authors of each book in the series are pastors committed to the Reformed understanding of Bible doctrine as embodied in the Westminster Confession of Faith. Don't let that scare you. Even if you are not reformed or Calvinist-leaning, you should be thankful for the Westminster Confession of Faith. People who ascribe to it are likely to be conservative Bible-believing scholars. They are chained to the text of Scripture, which the WCF does a good job of handling (albeit as a Baptist, I differ in at least one point).
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