Epistle of James Recommended Commentaries

While there are seemingly countless commentaries on the Epistle of James from a wide variety of authors and theological backgrounds, below is a list of suggested commentaries that provide solid, meaty teaching without digging too deeply into the technical aspects of the text.

Barclay, W. (Ed.). (1976). The letters of James and Peter. Philadelphia: Westminster John Knox Press.

Hiebert, D. E. (1992). James. Winona Lake, IN: BMH Books.

Kent, H.A., Jr. (2005). Faith that works: Studies in the epistle of James. Winona Lake, IN: BMH Books.

MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1998). James. Chicago: Moody Press.

McCartney, Dan G. James. Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2009.

McKnight, S. (2011). The New International Commentary on the New Testament – The Letter of James. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

Moo, D. J. (2000). The letter of James. Grand Rapids, MI; Leicester, England: Eerdmans; Apollos.

Motyer, J. A. (1985). The message of James: the tests of faith. Leicester, England; Downers Grove, IL: Inter-Varsity Press.

Richardson, Kurt A. James. Vol. 36. The New American Commentary. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1997.

Roberts, R. R. (1976). The game of life: studies in James. Winona Lake, IN: BMH Books.

Sunukjian, D. R. (2014). Invitation to James: Presevering through trials to win the crown. Wooster, OH: Weaver Book Company.

Swindoll, Charles R. Insights on James and 1 & 2 Peter. Swindoll’s New Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2010.

Varner, W. (2011). The book of James–A new perspective: a linguistic commentary applying discourse analysis. Houston, TX: Kress Biblical Resources.


Technical Commentaries

The commentaries below provide a much more technical perspective on the biblical text, and are useful for solid exegesis and study in the original Greek.

Davids, P. H. (1982). The Epistle of James: a commentary on the Greek text. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.

Martin, Ralph P. James. Vol. 48. Word Biblical Commentary. Dallas: Word, Incorporated, 1998.

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