in Understanding the Bible New Testament
This book appears in the following featured collections.
- D. A. Carson's Commentary "Best Buys" by D. A. Carson
- New Testament Advanced Commentaries by Moore Theological College Journal: Societas
I have not included any commentaries from this series (originally published by Hendrickson, now by Baker). They are handy paperback volumes, inexpensive yet usually good for preparing a sermon. This slender commentary includes Davids’s article on the Theology of James first published in JETS in 1980. The body of the commentary is based on the NIV, although there are “additional notes” dealing with aspects of the Greek text (in transliteration). Davids includes parallels to Jewish literature in these notes, which strike me as more lengthy than other commentaries in the series. [Full Review]
Good basic commentary, especially if you are preaching through the book of James. Well worth the money to purchase
I think I used and gave away this commentary on James in the NIBC series because it was not so helpful. Ironically, however, I latter realized that one of my favorite commentaries on James, even though shorter, was by the same author. He wrote the commentary for James in the New Bible Commentary by IVP that I really enjoy and refer to often. I now wish I still had this one so I could compare to see why I would come to such different conclusions on works on the same topic by the same author. Sometimes it is just when you happen to be reading a book. Davids has also written a large technical commentary on James which I have not used.