Exegesis In James And Hosea

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At first glance, an individual may question what similarities exist between an Old Testament prophet and a New Testament church leader. The obvious answer would be their faith in God. However, what else should one consider? The span of time, the culture, and the language are all different. Further, what is relevant for today’s critical reader? With careful exegesis of passages in James and Hosea, an individual’s understanding of them will affect how they apply it in their own life. Brief Exegesis of James 2:8-11 The Epistle plainly states in verse one the author is James, “a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ” (NIV) and most likely the brother of Jesus (Matthew 13:55). Continuing on, the same verse affirms the ‘twelve tribes scattered among the nations” are the recipients of the letter. Thus, the reader can confidently assume the reference is to the Jewish community and the early church. Further established in 2:2 where meeting (synagogue) is referenced …show more content…
First, both Hosea and James address individuals experiencing great turmoil in their current situations. Ruled and influenced by the Assyrians, the Israelites fall from the graces of God with idol worship and sacrificial rituals towards Baal, while the Jewish Christians suffer persecution from the Romans, forced to leave their land, face many trials and temptations contrary to their beliefs. Faced with moral and ethical dilemmas, both groups easily fall prey to sinful behavior. Second, references made to covenant law exist in both passages. James directly mentions the” law” or “royal” in each verse, while Hosea alludes to the Israelites dishonoring the law in verse two. Both convey the message that sinful behavior will result in judgment or consequences. Lastly, both texts speak of love, God’s deep love for His people in Hosea despite their sinfulness, and James preaches, “love one another” rather than show favoritism to others in verse

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