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American Tract Society Bible Dictionary

James, the Epistle of

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Is generally supposed to have been written at Jerusalem, about A. D. 61, by James the Just, shortly before his death. It is addressed particularly to Jewish converts, but was intended for the benefit of Christians generally. It is hence called catholic. See CATHOLIC and EPISTLE . It has often been regarded as teaching a different doctrine in respect to faith and works, from what Paul teaches in his epistle to the Romans. But the doctrine of the two apostles is at bottom the same, only that Paul dwells more on faith, the sole origin of good works, which result from true faith. According to Paul, there can be no true faith, which does not manifest itself in good works; and according to James, there can be no truly good works, which do not spring from true faith.

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Rand, W. W. Entry for 'James, the Epistle of'. American Tract Society Bible Dictionary. 1859.

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