A Text-Linguistic Investigation into the Discourse Structure of James
A Text-Linguistic Investigation into the Discourse Structure of James

A Text-Linguistic Investigation into the Discourse Structure of James

in The Library of New Testament Studies

by Mark E. Taylor

Pages 160
Publisher T&T Clark
Published 2006
ISBN-13 9780567044631
This study uncovers significant structuring techniques in James that prove to be beneficial in a number of ways. First, there exists a coherent, discernible strategy in the letter as a whole. Second, significant uses of inclusio, along with other transition techniques, draw attention to important recurring themes. Third, the quotation of Lev. 19:18 and echoes of the Shema (Deut. 6) occur in significant structural locations suggesting that the double-love command in the Jesus tradition (cf. Mt. 22:34-40) is a hermeneutical key to the interpretation of the letter. The study begins with an introduction to the research problem and its significance for interpretation. Chapter one summarizes and critiques past proposals of the structure of James. Chapter two explains the text-linguistic methodology employed in the study that is then applied in chapters three, four, and five. Chapter six offers a proposed structure for the letter that consists of a double introduction (1:2-11 1:13-27) joined by an overlapping transition (1:12), a carefully crafted letter body (2:1-5:6) that is bracketed by a major inclusio (2:12-13 & 4:11-12), and a conclusion (5:7-20).

  • Table of contents
  • Introduction
  • Chapter One - Approaches to the Structure of James
  • Chapter Two - Methodology
  • Chapter Three - Cohesion Shift Analysis
  • Chapter Four - The Use of Inclusio in James
  • Chapter Five - Relationship Between Discourse Units in James
  • Chapter Six - The Structure of James

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