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Epistle of James

Translation of the book of James completed.

I have uploaded two pdf files of my translation of the Epistle of James. (See a few excerpts below.) This letter, part of the Bible, was written by the Apostle James, and it almost did not make it into the Bible, into what is called the “canon of scripture.” This is because many thought that its teachings on works contradicted the New Testament’s teachings on grace.

I was surprised how much I enjoyed translating this letter. Many people consider it disjointed, with no discernible outline or organization. I disagree. I like what Shepherd said. He called the letter of James “a series of eight homiletic-didactic discourses” with each discourse developing a principal theme linked together by “skillful use of word-links and thematic recapitulations.” (D. Edmond Hebert quoting Shepherd).

I would venture to say, that those who consider this book of the Bible to be disjointed, possibly have that opinion because of reading a poor translation of it, one which does not translate the Greek transition or segue cues correctly, or whose translators did not understand those cues in the Greek. Not everyone is good at Discourse Analysis.

One theme I noticed in this Epistle is selfishness.
“Vaunting your own selves with your presumptuous words.” Killing, envying, jealousy. epistle-of-james

Excerpts from my new translation of the Letter of James:

“See how a small flame sets ablaze such a large forest. The tongue also is a flame, a world of damage.”

“The fully operating prayer of a righteous person is able to achieve much. ¹⁷Elijah was a human being with emotional weaknesses like we are. And he prayed the prayer for it not to rain, and no rain fell on the land for a period of three years and six months. ¹⁸And he prayed again, and the sky gave rain, and the land sprouted up its fruit.”

⁵Or do you think the scripture says for no reason, “The Spirit whom God made to dwell in us craves possession of us, approaching jealousy”?

Here is the link to download my new translation, the pdf of the one interlinear with the Greek text. Here is the link for the Epistle of James without the Greek text.

Or to read James online this link.

More resources on the General Epistle of James may be found at this link.

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PDFs now copyable

Announcement: All my translation pdf documents are now copyable.

My readers had been emailing me complaining that they could not copy and paste from my documents that were in pdf form. The reason I did that is that there are so many unscrupulous cheaters out there in the world. But, there are now many anti-plagiarism bots caching my works monthly, that no one can quote my work as their own and get away with it. They will be busted.
So go to my translation download page and re-download all my pdfs.

Epistle of Jude

Now available for download here and on my new bible translation page: The Epistle of Jude in 62 Greek manuscripts and 12 critical editions

This is a table in the Reuben Swanson style, showing the text of 62 different Greek manuscripts and 12 critical editions, along with David Robert Palmer’s English translation. This is a pdf, 370 kb in size, in wide (landscape) format.
It is also available in printed form on lulu.com.
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Robinson-Pierpont Greek Text

Robinson-Pierpont Greek Text of the New Testament, Byzantine text form

Now available for download by right-clicking here or going to the long list on my translations page: Robinson, Maurice A., and Pierpont, William G.: The New Testament in the Original Greek, Byzantine Textform (2005); PDF, 5.2 MB. This is a free download of a single pdf. This Robinson-Pierpont edition of the Greek New Testament attempts to represent the Byzantine text form archetype. This is not the same approach to textual criticism as, for example, the Hodges-Farstad Majority Text approach.  Also included in this document is the Appendix, entitled, “The Case for Byzantine Priority” by Maurice A. Robinson, PhD.

I have also uploaded editions of some of my Greek-English documents, but with the Robinson-Pierpont Greek text, and the English translation thereof.  You can download them right here as well.  Completed are: Gospel of John, Epistle of James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John , Jude and Revelation.

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Other Documents

I’m going to be starting a new page on this site from which you will be able to download other documents, mostly in PDF format. For example, the Letter of Aristeas, about the making of the LXX / Septuagint; various church fathers like Clement, Irenaeus, Polycarp. Also public domain books by F. H. A. Scrivener, etc., public domain Greek New Testament editions, like Tregelles, Robinson-Pierpont, etc. Public domain documents like Greek Grammar books, Latin Grammar books. Check back for updates.