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A Spirituality of Perfection: Faith in Action in the Letter of James [Paperback]

By Patrick J. Hartin (Author)
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Throughout this century the Epistle of James has been viewed consistently as a disjointed set of instructions. In A Spirituality of Perfection Patrick Hartin differs from this approach by showing that the "call for perfection" provides a unifying meaning for the epistle. Examining the concept of perfection against the background of the Graeco-Roman world, the Old Testament, and the Septuagint, Father Hartin shows that perfection provides a key to defining the spirituality of the Epistle of James. Father Hartin shows how the notion of perfection plays a key role in the definition of God, as well as the way one is called "to be in the world." He adopts a fresh approach toward understanding the categories of wisdom, eschatology, and apocalyptic as they illuminate the epistle's advice. He allows James to be read in its own right, instead of through the eyes of other traditions, such as Paul, and shows that what James intends by perfection is different from our modern understanding-that the concept of perfection unlocks an important self-understanding in Christianity. Just as every generation of believers aims at putting its faith into action, A Spirituality of Perfection culminates with the question: "What direction does the Epistle of James give Christians of the twenty-first century for putting their faith into action?"

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2000 Catholic Press Association Award Winner

Throughout this century the Epistle of James has been viewed consistently as a disjointed set of instructions. In "A Spirituality of Perfection" Patrick Hartin differs from this approach by showing that the call for perfection" provides a unifying meaning for the epistle. Examining the concept of perfection against the background of the Graeco-Roman world, the Old Testament, and the Septuagint, Father Hartin shows that perfection provides a key to defining the spirituality of the Epistle of James.

Father Hartin shows how the notion of perfection plays a key role in the definition of God, as well as the way one is called *to be in the world. - He adopts a fresh approach toward understanding the categories of wisdom, eschatology, and apocalyptic as they illuminate the epistle's advice. He allows James to be read in its own right, instead of through the eyes of other traditions, such asPaul, and shows that what James intends by perfection is different from our modern understanding - that the concept of perfection unlocks an important self-understanding in Christianity.

Just as every generation of believers aims at putting its faith into action, "A Spirituality of Perfection" culminates with the question: *What direction does the Epistle of James give Christians of the twenty-first century for putting their faith into action? -

Chapters are *A Cal to Perfection, - *An Overview of the Concept of Perfection in the Ancient World as a Background to the Letter of James, - *The Nature and Purpose of the Letter of James, - *Faith Perfected Through Works: A Context for the Moral Instructions in the Letter of James, - *A Spirituality of Authentic Perfection, - *Perfection in the Letter of James and the Sermon on the Mount, - and *On Reading James Today. -

"Patrick J. Hartin, DTh, teaches New Testament in the religious studies department at Gonzaga University in Spokane.""

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Studio: The Liturgical Press
Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.95" Width: 6.02" Height: 0.53"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 1999
Publisher   Michael Glazier Books
ISBN  0814658954  
ISBN13  9780814658956  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Patrick J. Hartin was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. He studied at the Gregorian University in Rome and is an ordained priest of the Diocese of Spokane, Washington. He presently teaches courses in the New Testament and in Classical Civilizations at Gonzaga University. He is the author of numerous books, including: "James, First Peter, Jude, Second Peter" (New Collegeville Bible Commentary series), "James" (Sacra Pagina series), and "Apollos" (Paul's Social Network series), all published by Liturgical Press.

Patrick J. Hartin has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Paul's Social Network: Brothers & Sisters in Faith
  2. Sacra Pagina (Hardcover)


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Useful Writing on James  Oct 30, 2006
Hartin's book does a good job of showing that one can view the book of James in a connected manner, that it is not entirely a connection of disconnected sayings. For Hartin, the unifying theme in James is that of perfection. He examines the biblical ideas of perfection and combines then with Hellenistic ideas of perfection, applying each to the book of James. His treatment of James is useful in providing a unique viewpoint on the work.

He also includes a discussion about modern ideas of perfection. The common view of perfection today, Hartin argues, is very different than that in the time of James. His ideas about how the focus on perfection in James can be applied in our world are worth considering.
 

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