February 18, 2013

Introducing James

Keep in mind, there are several men named James in the New Testament. Three men with this name deserve our attention. First, the other disciple was James the Less. We discussed him several weeks ago. Second, the author of the book of James was most likely James the brother of Jesus. This James saw Jesus after the resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:7), convened the Jerusalem Council (Acts 15), and was considered to be a leader of the church in Jerusalem (Galatians 2:9).

Third, this James was the brother of John, a son of a man named Zebedee. He appears in the first group in all the listings. He died as a martyr at the hands of Herod Agrippa I in AD 44 (Acts 12:1).