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It's not entirely clear, but we could surmise that like the accusations against Jesus, they were minor and did not deserve death. brought before them the brother of Jesus, who was called Christ, whose name was James, and some others, [or, some of his companions]; and when he had formed an accusation against them as breakers of the law, Breakers of the law ...


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The Jews were offended because of the unlawful manner in which Ananus formed the Sanhedrin of Judges, not because of how James broke the law. What law did James break? It's not clear from the text. However, by consulting other texts (quotation of Hegesippus by Eusebius) it is plausible that it's because he, as the leader of the Jerusalem church, refused to ...


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