Reflection on Two Catholic Letters

The catholic letters are grouped together for the sake of simplicity, but there is obviously a lot of variety within the group. Is there commonality as well?

Compare the Christology (the understanding of the identity, character, and work of Jesus Christ) of James to the Christology of one other letter we have studied among the catholic letters: 1 Peter, 2 Peter, Jude, or Hebrews. What role does Jesus play in the argument of each of the two letters? What does "the Jesus of James" have in common with the Jesus of this other letter, and in what ways are they distinct or even different?

You will want to draw on Johnson but you should concentrate on your two biblical texts. Use a single-spaced prose-outline form.

Finally, here is a question to ponder, but not to write about: What role does Jesus play in your own reflection? If you were to write a letter like James or 1 Peter, could you draw on Jesus Christ in the same or similar ways to draw out lessons for yourself and your audience?

Please keep your paper two single-spaced pages; otherwise follow the directions in my handout for writing papers. Remember, I want to see proper style, clear writing, a thorough answer to the question, and explicit citations of course materials.

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