James the brother of Jesus, or “James the Just,” was the first ἐπίσκοπος (episkopos or “bishop”) of Jerusalem in the early church. In spite of his importance, the study of the “historical James” has been largely neglected by biblical scholars until recently. The discovery of the supposed James Ossuary (a box that may have once contained his bones) has sparked quite a flury of interest [MORE]. There have also been a series of publications that have emerged out of the discussions held at the Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard College [MORE].
My own interest in James began with my study of the Epistle of James as a teenager in the A/G program “Bible Quiz.” I quickly held fast to James’ challenge to endure in the midst of temptation/trial during my rocky teens. At seminary, I have spent much of my time studying the Epistle, and recently I have begun delving deeper into the historical situation of James the Just, who is possibly (and in my opinion-probably) the author.
In the future,
I plan to post pages contining primary resources for studying the historical James (both in the original language and in standard English translations). I hope also to collect links to various print and electronic resources that pertain to Jacobean studies, along my own research from the past.
For the next academic year, I plan on writing a thesis on James’ use of Elijah as an example of prayer (5:17-18). I hope to post research on the topic here, with the goal of “discussing” my findings with others who may be interested.