Terry Zech - January 11, 2015
The Book of James 4 :1-8
From Series: "Book of James"
Description and/or characterization of a person or a people.The author identifies himself as James (1:1); he was probably the brother of Jesus and leader of the Jerusalem council (Ac 15). Four men in the NT have this name. The author of this letter could not have been the apostle James, who died too early (a.d. 44) to have written it. The other two men named James had neither the stature nor the influence that the writer of this letter had.
James was one of several brothers of Christ, probably the oldest since he heads the list in Mt 13:55. At first he did not believe in Jesus and even challenged him and misunderstood his mission (Jn 7:2–5). Later he became very prominent in the church:
He was one of the select individuals Christ appeared to after his resurrection (see 1Co 15:7 and note).
Paul called him a “pillar” of the church (Gal 2:9).
Paul, on his first post-conversion visit to Jerusalem, saw James (Gal 1:19).
Paul did the same on his last visit (Ac 21:18).
When Peter was rescued from prison, he told his friends to tell James (Ac 12:17).
James was a leader in the important council of Jerusalem (Ac 15:13).
Jude could identify himself simply as “a brother of James” (Jude 1:1), so well known was James. He was martyred c. a.d. 62.