HTS Theological Studies
On-line version ISSN 2072-8050
Print version ISSN 0259-9422
KOK, Jacobus. A comparison between James and Philodemus on moral exhortation, communal confession and correctio fraterna. Herv. teol. stud. [online]. 2013, vol.69, n.1, pp.01-08. ISSN 2072-8050.
In this article, James 5:13-20 is investigated. This section deals with the confession of sins in the community of faith and the subsequent healing that will result. James will be compared to Philodemus, a philosopher who comes from Galilee, just like James. It is not argued that James was influenced by Philodemus but that a comparison between the two might open up fresh perspectives for the interpretation of James 5:13-20. This will especially become clear when the themes of moral exhortation, community health, communal confession and the role of the psychagogue are discussed.