This letter was written in 49 AD. James is the brother of the Lord Jesus. It is a collection of practical instructions, written to “all God's people scattered over the whole world” (1:1). The writer uses many vivid figures of speech to present instructions regarding practical wisdom and guidance for Christian attitudes and conduct. From the Christian perspective, he deals with a variety of topics such as riches and poverty, temptation, good conduct, prejudice, faith and actions, the use of the tongue, wisdom, quarrelling, pride and humility, judging others, boasting, patience, and prayer.
The letter emphasizes the importance of actions along with faith, in the practice of Christian beliefs.