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Wisdom and Grace

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In order to compare the issue of Wisdom in James and Grace in Paul, the first topic must be privileged. While Pauline theology is a well developed field, the theological orientation of James has sometimes been eclipsed by historical and literary concerns, as well as by the dominance of Paul since the time of Augustine. In this treatment, therefore, the author explains how the Epistle of James treats of the entire question of Wisdom, and then contrasts that with Paul's theology of Grace. The chapter considers how the New Testament suggests a synthesis of these divergent views might be achieved. Paul had harnessed a theology of Wisdom's agency to his view of Christ as the fulfillment of the Law and the true source of Spirit, and therefore of Christ's grace as the sovereign principle of both salvation and ethics.

Keywords: apocalyptic wisdom; Christ; Christ's grace; Epistle; James; New Testament; Paul; Pauline theology



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