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Title: Exegetical Amnesia in James
Author(s): ALLISON, Dale C. Jr.
Journal: Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses
Volume: 76    Issue: 1   Date: April 2000   
Pages: 162-166
DOI: 10.2143/ETL.76.1.541

Abstract :
As the literature in our field continues to grow at a dismaying rate, it becomes more and more of a temptation to ignore books and articles written long ago. How can anyone keep up with what is going on if one spends much time with, let us say, commentaries from the eighteenth or nineteenth centuries? The temptation is all the greater because of our faith that anything of real importance said once will not be forgotten. Surely all the significant hypotheses and discoveries have been passed down from book to book and so from generation to generation. We may also be disinclined to pay the past sufficient attention because we live with the illusion that history and exegesis progress like the hard sciences, so that today’s work makes yesterday’s obsolete. But this is not the case, and it is the purpose of this note to offer in evidence two striking omissions from recent discussion of the Epistle of James.

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