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James (Reformed Expository Commentary) Hardcover – February 23, 2007
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"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
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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.
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.Read more ›
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).Read more ›
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Dan Doriani is a first rate reformed theologian, and also a very readable writer. He is thorough in getting at the meat of James. Read morePublished 23 months ago by RT Alice
The exposition of James found here offers great insight into the heart and mind of James as well as great instruction to those of seeking help in conveying these truths to our... Read morePublished on May 25, 2014 by David F. Spain
Written with the engagement of a story while delivering technical keys that unlock the passages....it is a must in the study of JamesPublished on May 19, 2014 by russell burns
I absolutely love this book! I understand its message and the author so much better than I did. I am going through trials right now and I am beginning to understand that even... Read morePublished on June 15, 2013 by Heather Peterson
This book came quickly and packaged well. I would recommend this item, I am very pleased with my purchase. Everything as described.Published on January 6, 2012 by Brian Brown
This is the second Reformed Expository Commentary I have purchased (The Esther & Ruth volume is very good) and I find it to be easily accessible and well written. Read morePublished on September 24, 2009 by P. Cherry