Author: James (the half-brother of Jesus, and leader of the Jerusalem council; see Acts 15)

Period: c.43-50 AD

Summary: The letter of James contains practical information pertaining to every day life as a Christian. It is not directed at any church in particular, but rather to Jewish believers, revealing their responsibilities to the principles of the Law as manifested in Christ. It focuses on real faith and shows that there is a need to develop faith as an energizing power that finds its out-working in a changed life; therefore, the epistle dwells on practice and not doctrine.


Key Verse: “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” James 2:26


How faith can triumph over trials: Chapter 1:1-27

How faith can govern actions towards others: Chapter 2:1-26

How faith can discipline the tongue: Chapter 3:1-18

How faith can purify character: Chapter 4:1-17

How faith can create confidence in God: Chapter 5:1-20