Jesus appeared to James (1 Cor. 15:7)

“Then appeared to James,

Then to all the apostles.”

ἔπειτα ὤφθη Ἰακώβῳ, εἶτα τοῖς ἀποστόλοις πᾶσιν·

Paul said that Jesus appeared to James (ἔπειτα ὤφθη Ἰακώβῳ), then to all the apostles (εἶτα τοῖς ἀποστόλοις πᾶσιν).  There is no question that James held a high place among the early Christians, since he was in charge of the followers of Jesus in Jerusalem.  He was a “brother” or relative of Jesus somehow.  He may have been James, the brother of John, whose father was Zebedee.  Clearly, he had an important role in Jerusalem among the Jewish Christians there.  Paul then mentioned the other apostles other than the twelve apostles or leaders.  These would have been the followers sometimes described as disciples.  However, they were sent out like the twelve apostles.  Did you realize how many followers Jesus had?

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