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Literary, historical, cultural, religious, and theological perspectives were all brought to bear in the discussions, and fitted into a common focus. That focus is topically defined as James, of course, but "James" in a particular sense. It is found James to be an influence within the texts-appreciable by all the perspectives, owing to the practices that were associated with him, and to the issues and questions those practices occasioned. This conclusory chapter suggests that the breadth of this practice within primitive Christianity has been underestimated, and that James' deep influence is perhaps best measured by the extent to which other prominent teachers fell in with his program. The reference to the cutting of hair naturally associates Paul's practice with the Nazirite vow, because a Nazirite was held to have completed his vow at the time he shaved his hair and offered it at the altar.

Keywords: Christianity; James; Nazirite vow; Paul's practice



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