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New Defender's Study Bible Notes

15:13 James. James had, by this time, become a recognized leader (possibly a senior pastor) of the Jerusalem church, perhaps because the apostles themselves were often away preaching. He was the brother (or, better, half-brother) of Jesus, but had not been among the disciples until after Jesus’ death and resurrection. He later wrote the epistle of James (James 1:1; I Corinthians 15:7). He was presiding at this significant “Jerusalem conference.”

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