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Title: James 4,1-4 in the Light of the Jewish Two Ways Tradition 3,1-6
Author(s): VAN DE SANDT, Huub
Journal: Biblica
Volume: 88    Issue: 1   Date: 2007   
Pages: 38-63
DOI: 10.2143/BIB.88.1.3188984

Abstract :
The author of the Letter of James accuses his readers (Jas 4,1-4) of being responsible for war, murder and adultery. How are we to explain this charge? This paper shows that the material in Jas 1,13-21; 2,8-11 and 4,1-4 is closely akin to the teknon section in Did 3,1-6. The teknon section belonged to the Jewish Two Ways tradition which, for the most part, is covered by the first six chapters of the Didache. Interestingly, Did 3,1-6 exhibits close affinity with the ethical principles of a particular stream of Rabbinic tradition found in early Derekh Erets treatises. James 4,1-4 should be considered a further development of the warnings in Did 3,1-6.

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