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James 2:20 - judge - 11-03-2003

I notice that some early versions of the greek James 2:20 read "faith without works is dead", whilst other mss read "faith without works is useless".

Any ideas as to how this may have come about?

- Paul Younan - 11-07-2003

Shlama Akhi Michael,

The Aramaic word in James means "dead." This variance seems to have originated within the Greek tradition itself - perhaps by people who thought "dead" may have sounded too harsh theologically.