I’m preaching on James this weekend, and I have really enjoyed researching this fascinating text. I came across the following claim made by Donald Hagner in his new book, The New Testament: A Historical and Theological Introduction. Something to ponder!
“One sometimes gets the impression from some people that all twenty-seven books of the NT, since they are inspired, canonical books, must be of equal importance and value. As a canonical book, James must be heard in the church, and it has much to offer. However, it does not express the gospel, and for that reason it is not the equal of other books” (683)