RICHARD DEAN BROOKS
JAMES GREETINGS TO THE CHRISTIANS IN BUILDING THEIR FAITH!
1James, a a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings.
1: 1 The writer of this letter, a leader of the church in Jerusalem (see Acts 12: 17; 15: 13), was James the half brother of Jesus, not James the apostle. This was one of the earliest New Testament letters, probably written before AD 50. After Stephen was martyred, persecution increased, and Christians in Jerusalem were scattered throughout the Roman world (Acts 7: 55– 8: 3). The original 12 tribes of Israel were no longer distinct and intact. By the time James wrote, the “twelve tribes” referred to the renewed and gathered Israel that God would create in the last days through Jesus the Messiah (see Ezekiel 47: 13; Matthew 19: 28). There were thriving Jewish Christian communities in Rome, Alexandria, Cyprus, and cities in Greece and Asia Minor. Because these early believers did not have the support of an established, centralized organization of Christian churches, James wrote to them, as a concerned leader, to encourage them in their faith during these difficult times.
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ON THE WAY HOME WALK WITH JESUS and always give courage to others to strengthen their faith!!