Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus – Post Resurrection apperance to His brother James

Taken from Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics by William Lane Craig

P 282 “…apparently neither James nor any of Jesus’ younger brothers believed in Jesus during his lifetime (See Mark 3:21, 31-3; John 7:1-10)

P 283 “Finally, in Acts 21:18 James is the sole head of the Jerusalem church and the council of elders.  We hear no more about James in the NT: but from Josephus, the Jewish historian, we learn that James was stoned to death illegally by the Sanhedrin sometime after A.D. 60 for his faith in Christ.  ”  see Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews20.200

“Now, how is this to be explained?  On the one hand, it seems certain  that Jesus’ brothers did not believe in him during his lifetime.   What would it take to make you believe that your brother is the Lord, so that you would die for this belief as James did?  Can there be any doubt that the reason for this remarkable transformation is to be found in the face that “then he appeared to James”?  Even the skeptical NT critic Hans Grass admits that the conversion of James is one of the surest proofs of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” see Hans Grass, Ostergeschehen und OsterberichteI, 4t ed.  (Gottingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1974), p. 80