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Eschatological Approval
The Structure and Unifying Motif of James
Daniel K. Eng

The letter of James is not a haphazard collection of wisdom sayings, but a carefully assembled document with a unifying motif, according to Daniel K. Eng. By examining the structure and content of the epistle, he shows that James contains a coherent and consistent message of eschatological approval, that is, a favourable verdict at end-time judgment.

Eng establishes that James begins with a prologue (1:1-27), indicating the author’s concern for the hearers to receive eschatological approval. After that, Eng studies the document’s structure indicated by cohesive ties and bracketing, offering an informed outline for James 2–5.
With the outline in view, Eng shows how the content of each subsection refers to a favourable eschatological outcome. Discourse analysis plays a crucial role here, because the epistle’s author indicates the prominence of certain concepts through word order and dependent clauses.

Finally, Eng argues that James 1:12 serves as a thesis statement for the whole epistle, pointing the hearers to their route to a favourable end-time judgment. His resulting outline of James resembles a fish skeleton, with the unifying motif serving as a spine. Ultimately, this volume shows how the epistle’s structure and content alike point to its unifying theme: eschatological approval.


Series: New Testament Monographs, 45
9781914490125 hardback
Publication October 2022

Contents
Introduction


Part I
STUDYING A UNIFYING MOTIF IN JAMES

Chapter 1
LITERATURE REVIEW
1.1 Literature Review: Themes in James
1.2 Literature Review: Eschatological Approval
1.3 A Way Forward Based on the Literature Review

Chapter 2
METHOD
2.1 Macrostructures: Cohesion, Inclusions, and Situation
2.2 Microstructures: Discourse Devices and Greek Parallels


Part II
THE STRUCTURE OF JAMES

Chapter 3
JAMES AS A LETTER

Chapter 4
JAMES 1.1-27 AS THE INTRODUCTORY PROLOGUE IN JAMES
4.1 James 1.1-27 as a Distinct Unit
4.2 The Introductory Nature of James 1
4.3 Outline of James 1

Chapter 5
THE STRUCTURE OF JAMES 2–5
5.1 The Use of Inclusio in James 2–5
5.2 James 2.1-13
5.3 James 2.14-26
5.4 James 3.1-12
5.5 James 3.13-18
5.6 James 4.1-10
5.7 James 4.11-12
5.8 Apostrophe: James 4.13-17 and 5.1-6
5.9 James 5.7-20
5.10 Outline of James 2–5


Part III
ESCHATOLOGICAL APPROVAL IN THE CONTENT OF JAMES

Chapter 6
ESCHATOLOGICAL APPROVAL IN JAMES 1
6.1 Eschatological Approval in James 1.2-4, 1.12, and 1.25
6.2 Eschatological Approval in the Rest of James 1
6.3 Summary

Chapter 7
ESCHATOLOGICAL APPROVAL IN JAMES 2–5
7.1 James 2.1-13
7.2 James 2.14-26
7.3 James 3.1-12
7.4 James 3.13-18
7.5 James 4.1-10
7.6 James 4.11-12
7.7 Apostrophe: James 4.13–5.6
7.8 James 5.7-20
7.9 James 1.12 as the Thesis Statement of the Epistle
7.10 Summary

Chapter 8
CONCLUSION
8.1 Eschatological Approval as a Unifying Motif in James
8.2 The Secondary Contributions of this Study

Bibliography
Index of References
Index of Authors