A Very Short Commentary

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Basically this text is trying to write a better 'The Message' (by Eugene Peterson) by using more consistent methodology and less annoying use of English.

Praise for James: A Very Short Commentary

(in personal correspondence) I have looked through your piece on James, and I think it could be very helpful for church-goers. The [subheadings] are important for people in their reading, for it is good to know where a biblical book is headed and how the pieces fit together. This is especially true of James which at first glance seems to go all over the place.  –  PETER T. O'BRIEN,  Formerly Senior Research Fellow in New Testament at Moore Theological College, Sydney, Australia 

Bartik has distilled some of the best scholarship on the sometimes puzzling letter of James and poured it into a modern-day translation that makes James' message easily digestible for modern readers. In doing so, he's helped to bridge the context gap between James, along with his first century readers, and us today, allowing us to hear this New Testament letter with rewarding freshness.  –  GEORGE ATHAS, Dean of Research, Moore Theological College, Sydney, Australia

I really like it. Makes it easier to get to the heart of what's going on.  –  ROGER FITZHARDINGE, Minister, Newtown:Erskineville Anglican, Sydney

It's like looking at the answers to a crossword  –  NATHAN DUNKLEY


Essentially, this book is a summary of the best regarded scholarly evangelical in the world. In this case Dr Douglas Moo's Pillar New Testament Commentary

It is designed to be a quick reference so you can get back to your Bible. 


- rest assured that the reading of the text represents the best regarded scholarship on James*

- section headings help you locate where you are in the argument of the whole book

- clear, direct language - you won't wonder about double meanings 

- short overall; get your answers quickly

* = Douglas J. Moo, "The Letter of James" in the Pillar New Testament Commentary series (Eerdmans, 2000). Used by permission. 

How to use it:

When you don't understand a passage in your Bible:

Look it up and find the clearest, most accurate and scholarly explanation of the text you have ever read. 
Get back to that passage in your Bible.

**NOTE: Eerdmans has kindly granted permission for their title to be used in this way. Other than this, there is no connection or affiliation, representative or otherwise between myself and Eerdmans, their authors or their editors.**

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