Interesting Biblical Gems
Luke Meets James
Luke meets James face-to-face according to the book of Acts. "The next day Paul and the rest of us (including Luke) went to see James, and all the elders were present" (Acts 21.8). Since Luke writes that he interviewed people who knew Jesus in person, it is certain that Luke met James face-to-face based Acts 21.18. This is why Luke begins his gospel by writing, "Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. Therefore, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, it seemed good also to me to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus" (Luke 1:1-3).
Josephus Identifies Brother of Jesus
Independent non-Christian Author, Josephus, identifies James as being martyred for believing that Jesus is the Messiah about AD 62 in Antiquities 20.9.1, “…brother of Jesus, who was called Christ, whose name was James."
Independent but unknown author credibly identifies: James by writing on the James ossuary, "James the son of Joseph the brother of Jesus." Recent tests and analysis by Professor Krumbein, a world-renowned expert on geology, geochemistry and microbiology, supports the artifact is authentic. And probability calculations support that this is the ossuary of James at the 99.9997% confidence level. Although some may wish to dispute this view, the probability they are correct is only 3 chances in 1 million. It takes a lot more faith to believe that this is not James, the brother of Jesus as opposed to someone else. Finally, the identification of other biblical characters such as Caiaphas the high priest and Pontius Pilate supports that other New Testament individuals might be verified by archaeological discoveries.