Yes, it’s now available!

Yes, it’s now available! February 27, 2011

Kris just discovered the James commentary is now available…

I got copies this week but didn’t expect Amazon to have them available until next week. So, folks, I’m very happy to see this book, which involves several years of writing — and a career of teaching, now available.

The Letter of James (New International Commentary on the New Testament).

A little back story for me. As a college student in Grand Rapids in the 70s I frequented “The Bookstore” at Eerdmans weekly — if not more often than that. My frequency improved my chances of finding major discounts on slightly damaged copies of Eerdmans books, and some of my finds were NIC commentaries. I confess to dreaming that someday I’d get a chance to write one of those commentaries.

When James arrived this week I admit to wandering back to those days and giving profound thanks to God for all that has happened.

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  • Jim

    Congratulations, Scott. And may God bless the reading of His Word – and good commentaries.

    I know you’ve probably blogged on this before, but how do you ever find enough time and energy to do everything you do? Please give us a hint. Thanks

  • Dan

    Congratulations Scott 🙂 … a dream, hard work and God’s grace connect! I’m happy for and with you. I look forward to getting a copy for my library (and my heart and the ministry to which He’s called me).

  • Neal P.

    Excellent! I’ve been waiting for it awhile. How deeply do you address the New Perspective on Paul in it, given the whole faith/works theme in James? I saw Denver Seminary Journal already has an asterisk next to it on their NT Exegesis bibliography. Did Craig Blomberg write an endorsement on the dust jacket?

  • Clay Knick

    Congratulations, Scot! I’ll add it to my collection and put it to good use.

  • eric

    Congratulations Scot!
    As a student in Grand Rapids I may have to swing by Eerdman’s and see if any of these got damaged in printing 🙂

  • rjs


    I’ll have to add this one to my library.

  • Can’t wait to get my hands on this commentary! So much appreciate the content and clarity in your books, Scot. I rarely buy commentaries anymore, but this is a no-brainer. And how can one lose working through a book like James? I did see it earlier on Eerdmans’ Facebook page. Am getting it soon.

  • John W Frye

    One T Scot,
    Fantastic! We celebrate this event. Another book that will be added to our library.
    John & Julie Frye

  • rjs

    What does the cover picture represent?

  • Tim

    Congratulations Scot!

  • Scot McKnight


    It’s Botticelli’s Annunciation. If I’m not mistaken it’s the cover for the series.

  • rjs

    Ah, nothing directly to do with the book of James.

  • What! … not available for Kindle? ;^)

    We didn’t leave Grand Rapids for California until the fall of 1972 … you may have seen my father wandering around Eerdmans (and Baker’s, too!) looking for good books. 8)

    James (and Hebrews) are two of my favorites … nicely done!

  • Scot McKnight

    Peggy, not sure there was The Bookstore at Eerdmans in the Fall of 1972. Just don’t know… that was my first semester as a freshman.

  • Tim Gombis

    Congrats, Scot!

  • Scot McKnight

    Kris and I were just talking about how kind these comments have been today… many thanks.

  • rjs

    Now we just need the James commentary to the right in featured books…

  • Scot McKnight

    rjs, it’s coming.

    Have you noticed the box that comes up? It gives options.

  • Wonderful Scot! I look forward to getting it. Glad for your work on this important book.

  • Scot, congratulations. Keep looking into that perfect law and be blessed in what you do!

  • Scot McKnight

    Patrick, my brother, what time is it over there?

  • Alan K

    Scot, is Gordon Fee still the editor of the series?

  • Scot McKnight

    Alan K, yes he was for my commentary.

  • Another fine contribution I’m sure to an already outstanding commentary series! Appreciate your work.

  • Zac

    Hi Scot. We’re getting ready to preach through James at The Chapel in Akron, OH. Your instruction through Galatians was much appreciated when you joined us over a year ago. I’m eager to read this. Thank you for exercising your gifts. I’ve been blessed by them.

  • Congrats Scot!!!! A new, must needed resource!

  • Like you, Scot, I visit THE BOOKSTORE weekly, sometimes a few times a week. (Actually, it was my weekly chapel ritual during my time at GRTS!) Most of my commentary library has been completed through the slightly damaged 70% section. This is one of those gems I’m gonna spring for at the outset, though, rather than waiting for a second.

    Thanks for writing this, Scot, and for all you do…

  • I’ve had this on pre-order for a long time. Can’t wait for it to arrive!

  • Strangely, Amazon is still saying it won’t ship for over 2 weeks.

  • Mark Anderson

    Dear Scot,

    I look forward to getting this commentary but I did have a chance see the few pages that have been posted on Amazon. I wanted to thank you for the moment of silence at the end of your preface in memory of Don Verseput. It brought tears to my eyes to see it. Dr. Verseput was my teacher at Bethel Seminary. His teaching and approach to reading the New Testament had a life changing influence on me and my classmates. His N.T. Background class was the best class I had in seminary. I knew that he had been working on a commentary on James prior to his passing. Do you know if this work or any part of it was able to be published?

    Again thank you for remembering a wonderful Christian man and teacher.
    Mark Anderson

  • smcknight


    It’s sad and yet we can rejoice in the hope of resurrection. To my knowledge Don’s work on James isn’t headed toward publication. He had a few very good journal articles in print and, sad for us all, that will be his work on James.

  • I got The Deliverance of God for twenty bucks (rather than 65) at the Eerdman’s store after reading some of your series on it!

    Congrats on writing/publishing this commentary!

  • T

    Congrats! I look forward to reading it through.

  • Doug Wilson

    Scot: Congratulations on a remarkable commentary! What I’ve read so far of the introductory matters available to peruse on Amazon is lucid and a joy to read. You lay out even complex controversies with clarity, while extensive footnotes helpfully direct the reader to fuller discussions elsewhere. You mention in your Preface some of the standard commentaries . . . but I wonder if you would list for us your favorite commentaries on James (apart from the new NICNT)?

  • Fernando Mendez

    Dear Scot,
    Congratulations on your commentary! I have to say that together with the appreciation of scholarship, I also value the way people are. In your case, both criteria are positively met. I still remember my days at Durham, doing my PhD, and how you graciously sent me a copy of your book ‘A light among the Gentiles’.

  • Kudos, Scot! But what am I gonna do with my James B. Adamson copy now? 🙂

  • Scot,
    thanks for your work! my dissertation was in James and I look forward to getting this commentary ASAP!

  • Scott, I was reading your interview concerning your commentary on another blog, and your discussion of James vs. Paul.

    But both “James” and Paul agreed on one thing. That the Lord was coming soon. Such failed predictions appear in nearly every NT writing. Here’s James’ failed prediction:

    Come now, you rich [those living at the time this letter was written], weep and howl for your miseries which are coming upon you…It is in the last days that you have stored up your treasure… Be patient, therefore, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. Behold, the farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand… …Behold, the Judge is standing right at the door. [James 5:1,3,7-9]

    The author of James sought to address the rising impatience of some at the delay of Jesus’ return. He reassured them that the “the coming of the Lord is at hand,” “the Judge is standing right at the door.”

    That’s the kind of stuff people can understand, not the endless theological nitpicking about how Paul or James viewed “salvation.” You can wrangle with the salvation question in everything from the synoptic Gospel Jesus telling people “how to inherit eternal life” to the Sermon on the Mount’s teachings about “doing” meaning more than calling on Jesus’ name, and the sheep and the goats being separated based on their works, not their beliefs; to every other book in the NT, including those who apparently believed a Christian couldn’t really “sin” like the author of the Epistles of John. Amazingly droll infighting, almost as if there were no Holy Spirit leading them all into the same truth, if I may be so droll myself. Add to that the quotations above and all the rest of the failed predictions in the NT: