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Kloppenborg: “Diaspora Discourse: The Construction of Ethos in James”

by Stephen Hebert on Thursday - 12 April 2007

in Biblical Studies, New Testament

The latest issue of New Testament Studies (April 2007) contains an article by John S. Kloppenborg that falls very much in line with my particular interests. Here’s the full citation:

Kloppenborg, John S. “Diaspora Discourse: The Construction of Ethos in James,” NTS 53 (2007) 242–270.

If you have subscription access, then you should be able to download a PDF. If not, you’ll have to either purchase it or go make a copy at a library or whatever.

Here is Kloppenborg’s abstract:

If we take the address of James ‘to the twelve tribes in the diaspora’ seriously and conclude that James represents itself as a letter to Diaspora Judaeans, it becomes easier to account for the fact that James lacks references to most of the beliefs and practices distinctive of the Jesus movement. In that case, James is framed as a letter written to an outsider, much like 4QMMT, in which the (fictive) writer must construct ethos not by reference to special revelations or qualifications of the writer, which would hold no sway with the fictive recipient, but by appeal to exemplary figures of Israel’s epic history, in particular Solomon.

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