James 1:1, James and the Q Sayings of Jesus

James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.

//James is a curious book. Perhaps it’s best known for encouraging works over faith. Thought by some to have been written by the brother of Jesus, it reflects no personal knowledge of Jesus, and indeed, contains very little Christian content. But for verses 1:2 and 2:1, it may as well be a Jewish document.

So where did it really come from? Sometime when you’re up for an interesting study, compare these verses in James to the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew (thought to have been collated from the hypothetical Q document). This comparison stems from P. J. Hartin’s James and the Q Sayings of Jesus, 1991.

James 1:2, Matthew 5:11-12

James 1:4, Matthew 5:48

James 1:5, Matthew 7:7

James 1:17, Matthew 7:11

James 1:22, Matthew 7:24

James 1:23, Matthew 7:26

James 2:5, Matthew 5:3-5

James 2:10, Matthew 5:18-19

James 2:11, Matthew 5:21-22

James 2:13, Matthew 5:7

James 3:12, Matthew 7:16-18

James 3:18, Matthew 5:9

James 4:2-3, Matthew 7:7-8

James 4:4, Matthew 6:24

James 4:8, Matthew 5:8

James 4:9, Matthew 5:4

James 4:11, Matthew 7:1-2

James 5:2, Matthew 6:19-21

James 5:6, Matthew 7:1

James 5:10, Matthew 5:11-12

James 5:12, Matthew 5:34-37

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