Foster, Robert James (2012)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.
The author of the Book of James names four exemplars in the course of his work. These serve specific functions within their individual contexts in the composition; Abraham and Rahab as exemplars of a vital active faith, Job as an exemplar of steadfast endurance, and Elijah as an exemplar of effective prayer. This thesis explores the wider stories of the exemplars in the Hebrew Bible, traces their development in elements of early Jewish tradition, and compares the author’s use of the exemplars with that of other New Testament writers. It argues that, the author of the Book of James uses the exemplars collectively as a means to encourage his messianic audience to remain faithful to God in the trials of everyday life until the imminent Parousia of the Lord. The four exemplars share three characteristics that will aid the audience in their daily struggles: they were all tested to the limit, yet demonstrated their whole-hearted commitment to God by remaining faithful to him; they were all outsiders who rejected the wisdom (values) of the world and they all faced their life-defining trials reliant on God rather than on other human beings.
|Type of Work:||Ph.D. thesis.|
|Supervisor(s):||Allen, David and Gooder, Paula and Hempel, Charlotte|
|School/Faculty:||Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law|
|Department:||School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion|
BS The Bible
|Institution:||University of Birmingham|
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