James (Gal. 1:19)

“But I did not see

Any other apostle

Except James,

The Lord’s brother.”

ἕτερον δὲ τῶν ἀποστόλων οὐκ εἶδον, εἰ μὴ Ἰάκωβον τὸν ἀδελφὸν τοῦ Κυρίου.

Paul said, “But I did not see (οὐκ εἶδον) any other apostle (ἕτερον δὲ τῶν ἀποστόλων) except James (εἰ μὴ Ἰάκωβον), the Lord’s brother (τὸν ἀδελφὸν τοῦ Κυρίου).”  Paul indicated that that he did not meet or see any other apostle other than Peter or Cephas and James, the brother of the Lord.  James was the leader or the bishop of the Jerusalem Christian community.  He must have been a relative of Jesus.  The use of “brother” in a wider sense than blood brother was very common.  Paul used it all the time when speaking to his various churches.  They were the believing brothers.  Paul made sure to mention that he had seen the two most important apostles during his stay in Jerusalem, Peter and James, the leaders of the early Christian developing church.  Do you like to meet with church leaders?

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