A fresh perspective on the book of James. Now these are not cold hard facts. They are probabilities based on lots of research. Not my research, but others’ research.
There are a few James’ that this book could have been authored by, but the evidence supports that it was most likely written by James, the brother of Jesus. That’s right, the “brother” of Jesus, As in they shared a parent and were raised by the same parents. Jesus had many brothers and sisters, as told by Mark 6: 3 <Is not this The Carpenter, The Son of Mary, The Brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not His sisters here with us? And they were offended at Him.>
If it was written by James, the brother of Jesus it means that the author of this letter was also the head of The Counsel at Jerusalem. This may seem like a small side note, however this information ties the meaning of the book together. He, as head of the Counsel at Jeruselem, acted as head of the church (not the Roman or Jewish church, but the church Christ formed for His purposes) at Jerusalem.
Why is this important? Because after Stephen was martyred the church at Jeruselem was scattered. That being said, what was written has not only carried weight through history because of it’s infallible truth and Holy Spirit’s breath but, it also was written to encourage the people of the scattered church. His people had to run and hide and were most likely treated poorly by most people wherever they went. As Leviticus reads <I am strangers and sojourners with you>. God is a foreigner here on earth remember? (The Lord Flees in His Own Land)
James 1:1 reads <James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the dispersion: greetings.> The 1st chapter then goes on to encourage a people who were once united. His message to them was that even though they were on the run, separated from their daily routines and comforts, foreigners to new towns and new people, James wanted to ensure they held fast to The Lord, understood that He chastens His people because He loves them, and to never let any form of trial to cause them to stray or doubt their faith in Jesus.
On the youtube, there are a few audio versions of The Book of James. Hearing His message, knowing the situation God had put James in when writing his letter to the 12 tribes scattered, is just fun and encouraging. Click the link below and listen with your fresh perspective. James Audio