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Wisdom From HeavenThe Message of the Letter of James for today

Wisdom From Heaven

The Message of the Letter of James for today

Derek Tidball
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The letter of James is among the most ‘suspect’ books of the New Testament. It was by no means clear that it would be included in the list of authoritative books of the Christian church (called the canon) until very late in the day.

Reading it quickly you would not find too much specifically ‘Christian’ content in it. Most famously Martin Luther declared James ‘an epistle of straw’. He wrote somewhat dismissively, “I will not have him in my Bible to be numbered among the true chief books, though I would not thereby prevent anyone from including or extolling him as he pleases, for there are otherwise many good sayings in him.”

There is also controversy about who James is, sections of the church refuse to believe that he exists!

Closer examination of the letter, however, shows that none of these charges stand up. Time and time again we find the echoes of the Master’s words reverberate throughout the book. James did make it into the canon – and rightly so.

Derek Tidball

About Derek Tidball

Derek Tidball is visiting scholar at Spurgeon's College, London. Previously, he served as principal of the London School of Theology, where he lectured in pastoral theology. He is appreciated as a Bible expositor at conferences and conventions for which he is much in demand.


  • Author: Derek Tidball
  • Release Date: September 2003
  • Pages: 224
  • Format: Large trade paperback
  • Dimensions: 216 x 138
  • ISBN: 9781857928655
  • Imprint: Christian Focus
  • Category: Bible Study > Commentaries > New Testament


I was greatly challenged by Wisdom from Heaven and shall dip into it for years to come. It is succinct, scholarly and eminently practical. Congratulations Derek - thank you for opening up James for us all afresh.

Lyndon Bowring, Executive Chairman, Christian Action Research and Education (CARE)

Every budding preacher will be inspired by it, since it comes from an accomplished preacher who has preached and lived it. Every Christian will be helped by it. The book is well researched, clearly written and full of judicious quotes and excellent illustrations. It is as practical as the letter it expounds. This really is a superb book!

Steve Brady, Senior Minister, First Baptist Church, Grand Cayman
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