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James the Just

Shalom greetings in the powerful name of Yahweh Elohim;

Roots and Branches Hebraic Roots Group of Vero Beach will meet both Friday 7 PM and Saturday 2 PM for the study of the Scripture.

In considering the Netzeri (Nazarene) Teaching of the Standing Stone and the Standing Man, we’re to the point of speaking of James the Just, who is my favorite character because we know so much about him from so many different sources. Besides Paul, no other character is so highly attested.

James, er, Jacob the Just – Little Known ‘Facts’

I’m speaking of the brother of Yahshua Messiah, James “Yaaqov,” surnames Alphaeus, or the Just Man (that is, ha Tzadik).

Here are just a few things we can know about James. (If you want to know Where did you get that? – just ask.)

James was never named James – that is King James’ name! James’ name is Yaaqov or Jacob, like the Patriarch.
James and Paul had a serious altercation on the temple steps before Paul’s conversion.
James had his legs broken by a Temple guard, which resulted in a mass migration of believers out of Jerusalem.
James was known to have knees like camels – ostensibly from praying for the sinners of Israel.
James was known as the pillar of Israel; and that if the pillar were to break, the entire land would be destroyed.
James was the successor to Jesus in the Jesus Movement, not Peter.
Jesus told the disciples before his death that they should go to James.
James was executed by Caiaphas’ nephew at the Temple during Passover in 62 AD. Thrown down from the parapet.
James 5:6 You have condemned, you have killed, the Just One, and he does not resisted you not.
James’ death, according to a contemporary, resulted in the destruction of the Temple in 70AD.
James’ burial box (ossuary) has been in custody for almost 30 years. It has been judged authentic.
The ossuary is inscribed with the words Yaaqov bar Yoseph Achui de Yahshua – in churchy language, that’s James son of Joseph brother of Jesus.
The Epistle to the Galatians by Paul includes a line-by-line refutation of the Epistle of James by James.
One top school of scholarship has proven that James wrote some of the Dead Sea Scrolls.


Let me know if you are interested, of come and join us this weekend.

One scholar has it right when he says that,” Knowing James is as close as you can get to knowing the historical Jesus.”

So you don’t believe me! But what if these things are true? If we sort through and learn the circumstances of James’ life, think of how much closer we might get to Yahshua the Son of Adam!

Many people go to the Holy Land because they want to walk where ‘Jesus’ walked. That’s well and good.
But before us we have a brother (or half brother), about whom we can learn much.
And seeing as how, in very fact, James was his brother’s successor,
When I study the life of James, I feel very close to the Man of Galilee. Now consider – James and Jesus had other brothers, and nephews too. And we know something about them. Think of what we could learn.

Dr. Jackson H. Snyder II

June 25, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment