Sunday, October 10, 2010

Epistle of James

It was a week ago that I came across an ad on the Church bulletin on an upcoming Bible class that will touch on the Epitlse of James. Bible classes would normally involve one of the Gospels or The Acts of the Apostles. To have one on James was rather unusual in my opinion.

The book is attributed the James the brother of Jesus(see Matthew 13:55 and Galatians 1:19).One has to be careful with the word "Brother" .In Greek terms the title brother could encompass one's cousin.

James was an eyewitness to the Resurection of Christ (1 corinthians 15:7). He was present at the Council of Jerusalem(Acts 15).The Letter of James was most likely written in lates 50s to early 60s based on James' clarification of misunderstandings of Paul's teachings on faith and works (2:14-26).James led the Jerusalem church for more than a decade until his matyrdom in Ad 62 when he was stoned to death by the Jews.(Josephus ,antiquities 20,9,12-203)