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By Todd C. Penner. Pp. 331. (Journal for the Study of the New Testament, Supplement Series, 121.) Sheffield Academic Press, 1996. ISBN 1 85075 574 4. 53 [pounds sterling]/$80.
The `enigma' of the letter of James and the quest of the historical James are still with us as problems to be investigated. A welcome is accorded to this latest treatment of the New Testament document that bears his name; and more so since it seeks to throw light on the larger task of understanding and interpreting the rise and development of nascent Christianity (p. 32). There is therefore a wider agenda the author proposes than is at first apparent.
The lengthy opening chapter sets the stage. It tackles …