James, Brother of Jesus, and the Jerusalem Church
A Radical Exploration of Christian Origins
Imprint: Wipf and Stock
"Alan Saxby's well-written and challenging book brings the focus to James and his community as a phenomenon of Second Temple Judaism. He argues that James was an older brother of Jesus who, independently of Jesus, was influenced by John the Baptist and formed a community in Jerusalem prior to the crucifixion. From this perspective he discusses James's relation to Peter, Paul, and the Gentile mission."
--John Painter, Professor of Theology, St. Mark's National Theological Center, Charles Sturt University, Canberra, Australia
"In his vigorous and lucid analysis, Alan Saxby presents the group around James as a true 'community,' with all the values that implies, suggesting that James's position of leadership may have predated Jesus's execution. Broad in its address of scholarship, this act of sociological reflection is bound to influence the increasingly refined inquiry that James, the brother of Jesus, has attracted in recent decades."
--Bruce Chilton, Bernard Iddings Bell Professor of Religion, Bard College, Annandale, NY