Fascinating proposal here for a chiastic structure of James’s letter, which has often stumped commentators.
But I seem to remember seeing a similar proposal somewhere else. Hmm, has the author used another source? maybe I should get the Global Bible Commentary and find out.
In case the author of the above post removes the outline or the site goes down, here’s the outline:
A. Joy in trial, 1:2-8
B. Rich fade, 1:9-11
C. Lustfulness, 1:12-15
D. Perfect Gift, 1:16-25
E. Restraining the tongue, 1:26
F. Religion in deed, 1:27
G. Distinctions of rich and poor, 2:1-13
F’. Faith in works, 2:14-26
E’. Restraining the tongue, 3:1-12
D’. Wisdom as perfect gift, 3:13-18
C’. Lustfulness and sin, 4:1-12
B’. Ways of the rich, 4:13-5:6
A’. Patience in suffering, 5:7-20