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Friendship and Benefaction in James
by Alicia J. Batten
SBL Press, 2017
eISBN: 978-0-88414-245-4 | Cloth: 978-0-88414-246-1 | Paper: 978-1-62837-188-8
Library of Congress Classification BS2785.6.F75B38 2017

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Employing social description, social scientific models, and rhetorical analysis, Alicia J. Batten argues that the letter of James is conversant with the topic of friendship within Greek and Roman literature, as well as within various texts of early Christianity. She illustrates how James drew upon some of the language and concepts related to friendship with an intriguing density to advocate resistance to wealth, avoidance of rich patrons, and reliance upon God.


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  • Use of friendship, benefaction, and patronage as lenses through which James and related texts can be viewed

  • A strong case for how the letter appels to the language and ideas of friendship with regard to God's relationships with humans

  • Exploration of the relationship between the book of James and the teachings of Jesus
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