Faith and Thought is the continuation of the Journal of the Transactions of the Victoria Institute. It contains a number of historically important articles on the interaction of science and Christianity. Significant contributors to the journal include Profs. Leon Morris, Kenneth Kitchen, F.F. Bruce, David Bebbington and I. Howard Marshall.
James Bickersteth Mayor’s commentary is generally recognised as one of the finest works on the epistle of James of all time. My thanks to Book Aid for providing a copy of this public domain title for digitisation.
Relation of the Epistle to the Other Books of the New Testament
The Contents of the Epistle
Persons to Whom the Epistle is Addressed and Place From Which it is Written
On the Date of the Epistle / Harnack and Spitta on the Date of the Epistle
On the Grammar of St James
On the Style of St. James
Did St. James Write in Greek or in Aramaic?
Text of St James
Paraphrase and Comments
Preface To The First Edition
In writing my Preface I bring to a close a work which has for some years been my chief occupation, and which has indeed been seldom out of my thoughts since the time when, as an undergraduate, I first made acquaintance with Coleridge’s Aids to Reflection, and was led in consequence to study with some care the Epistle of St. James, to which reference is made in the earlier Aphorisms of that book.
In the Introduction I have stated my reasons for believing this Epistle to be the earliest of the books of the New Testament, written probably in the fifth decade of the Christian era by one who had been brought up with Jesus from his childhood and whose teaching is in many points identical with the actual words of our Lord as recorded in the Synoptic Gospels. If I am not mistaken, it presents to its a picture of pre-Pauline Christianity, which is not only interesting historically, but is likely to be of special value in an age of religious doubt and anxiety like the present…
Character and Contents of the Epistles; The Genuineness of the Epistle
Text and Notes
The Christian Ministry
St Paul; and Seneca; The Letters of Paul and Seneca
St Paul in Rome
The arrival of St Paul in the metropolis marks. a new and important epoch in the history of the Christian. Church. Hitherto he had come in contact with Roman institutions modified by local circumstances and administered by subordinate officers in the outlying provinces of the Empire. Now he was in the very centre and focus of Roman influence; and from this time forward neither the policy of the government nor the character of the reigning prince was altogether a matter of indifference to the welfare of Christianity. . The change of scene had brought with it a change in the mutual relations between the Gospel and the Empire. They were now occupying the same ground, and a collision· was inevitable. Up to this time the Apostle had found rather an ally than an enemy in a power which he had more than once successfully invoked against the malignity of his fellow-countrymen.