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You might be interested in Zane Hodges' interpretation of this verse, as presented in his books The Gospel Under Siege, The Epistle of James: Proven Character Through Testing, and in The Grace New Testament Commentary. Basically, Hodges says that the objector's response goes from vv 18-19, and it is meant to be a reductio ad absurdum. Here is how he ...


These verses are all about cultural context and considering that the written book of James was intended to be read aloud; it is an address. I agree quite a bit with the answer of swasheck, but my translation would differ as follows: The τις of 2:18 could refer to a straw man, but that straw man would be a close facsimile to his living contemporary Rabbis ...

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