By Paul Sadler. From Berean Bible Society. The epistle of James is a practical guide on Christian ethics. Although James is addressing his countrymen, there are many timeless principles found in this forgotten pearl of the New Testament. Every book of the Bible is a tributary of truth that flows into the canon of Holy Scripture, but we must always inquire, truth for whom? We need not look far to understand that James is writing to the twelve tribes of Israel, which immediately signals us that this epistle must be interpreted in light of Paul’s gospel.