James 2:2: Do they come in together or not?

Hi, I don't really want to "debate" so I'm not sure if this is the right category. If the moderators want me to move it somewhere else, I will.

I wanted to find out if anyone has studied the book of James, specifically James 2:2, (NASB) "For if a man comes into your assembly with a gold ring and dressed in fine clothes, and there also comes in a poor man in dirty clothes,... "?

One commentary I read says they came in separately because of the specific mentions of both of them coming in and ("For if a man" and "there also comes in a poor man"). Another commentary says they came in at the same time. I looked up the words "and" and "also" but it didn't help me.

I'm trying to find out if anyone can tell me definitively:

1) Did they came in together or separately and how you came to that conclusion?

2) Is there a significance to them coming in together and does it affect partiality/favoritism ("receiving face") or am I reading into it?

Thanks for your thoughts on this!

Kim Noble Smile

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i think the translation "and also" comes from δὲ καὶ which i think adds up to points in the "came in separately" column. (I guess?)

I do not think that it does or it should make a difference in how you interpret the passage. The point is you treat two otherwise similar people differently based on their economical appearance. - Not whether those two people are friends or not.

my thoughts off the bat.


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I appreciate it.

Kim Smile