One of Mysteries of Early Christianity
Christ Jesus had siblings:
The Gospel of Mark 6:3 and the Gospel of Matthew 13:55–56 state that James, Joses (or Joseph), Jude and Simon were the brothers of Jesus, the son of Mary. The same verses also mention unnamed sisters of Jesus. Mark 3:31–32 tells about Jesus' mother and brothers looking for Jesus. A verse in the Epistle to the Galatians 1:19 mentions seeing James, "the Lord's brother", and none other of the apostles except Peter, when Paul went to Jerusalem after his conversion. The "brothers of the Lord" are also mentioned, alongside (but separate from) Cephas and the apostles in 1 Corinthians 9:5, in which it is mentioned that they had wives. Some scholars claim that Jesus' relatives may have held positions of authority in the Jerusalem area until Trajan excluded Jews from the new city that he built on its ruins.Among them James was especially notable:
The Encyclopædia Britannica relates that "James the Lord's brother was a Christian apostle, according to St. Paul, although not one of the original Twelve Apostles." According to Schaff, James seems to have taken the place of James the son of Zebedee, after his martyrdom, around 44 AD.
Modern historians of the early Christian churches tend to place James in the tradition of Jewish Christianity; whereas Paul emphasized faith over observance of Mosaic Law, James is thought to have espoused the opposite position.[clarification needed][note 6]
According to Schaff, James was the local head of the oldest church and the leader of the most conservative portion of Jewish Christianity. Scholar James D. G. Dunn has proposed that Peter was the "bridge-man" (i.e. the pontifex maximus) between the two other "prominent leading figures": Paul and James the Just.But James was killed by the Judaism authority in Jerusalem.
According to Josephus James was stoned to death by Ananus ben Ananus.So, first John the Baptist was killed; then Christ Jesus was killed, then James, a brother of Christ Jesus, was killed; and then Peter and Paul were killed in Rome.
Clement of Alexandria relates that "James was thrown from the pinnacle of the temple, and was beaten to death with a club".
Hegesippus cites that "the Scribes and Pharisees placed James upon the pinnacle of the temple, and threw down the just man, and they began to stone him, for he was not killed by the fall. And one of them, who was a fuller, took the club with which he beat out clothes and struck the just man on the head".
Christianity was born through all these tragic deaths. It tells how strong hatred, anger, and hostility against them were. It also means that Christianity was established through literally deadly conflicts between the camp of Christ Jesus and that of opponents.
Judaism had also the history of deadly conflicts with other tribes and religions. Islam was also established through wars. The three great monotheistic religions were all launched through deadly fights between believers and opponents. We may as well change our views on the religions.
Especially, it is grave that Christ Jesus and one of His brothers were killed by religious enemies in Jerusalem, since Christ Jesus was the Son of Gog who must have power to save his brother. Why didn't Jesus help and save James? It is one of mysteries of early Christianity.
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Mat 10:11 And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence.