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Gospel of John Bible Study

These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.  This is my commandment that ye love one another even as I have loved you.

– John 15:11-12

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Completed a Bible study today – the book of James. 

Phew!

James hits hard.

Likely the perfect study about forgiveness and redemption during this time of Lent.  James doesn’t mince words and the study provided much discussion and of course, some introspection and self-examination (ouch!).

James the Just, the brother of Jesus, is known from the New Testament as the chief apostle of the Torah-obedient Christians. Up to the last quarter of the twentieth century, Jewish Christianity was regarded as an unimportant branch of the early Christian movement. Correspondingly, there was remarkably little interest in James. However, in the past two decades, while early Christianity has been studied as a form of Judaism, the literature on James has grown considerably. Now some scholars tend to assume that James was a loyal follower of his brother right from the beginning, and that his leadership in the church was stronger than traditionally has been assumed. Fresh studies on Acts 15 and Galatians 2 have opened new questions about the Christian Judaism of James and social formation of the community which he led.

[ Matti Myllykoski Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, Finland matti.myllykoski@helsinki.fi]

Gospel of Thomas 12
The Disciples said to Jesus, “We are aware that you will depart from us. Who will be our leader?” Jesus said to them, “No matter where you come it is to James the Just that you shall go, for whose sake heaven and earth have come to exist.”

FUMC Bible Study Class - Book of James