555 Difficult Bible Questions Answered

147. What Is Known of the Early Life of the Author of the Epistle of James?




Nothing authoritative. He was probably brought up with Jesus and the other children in the Nazareth home. It is believed that he did not become a follower of Christ until after the resurrection. Christ seems to have appeared specially to him, and as Paul mentions the fact (I Cor. 15:7) we may presume it was generally known, though it is not related in any of the Gospels. James was a strict Jew before becom ing a Christian, and was highly esteemed among the Jews for his piety. It looks as though he never quite shook off his Jewish ideas (Gal. and his epistle shows that he could not cordially endorse Paul's way of stating the Gospel.