This article addresses the nature of Jewish Christianity and the legitimacy of the Gentile mission. This essay makes use of the Cornelius narrative in Acts 10:1-Acts 11:18 and the reference to it in Acts 15:7-9 to reflect on the development of the early church's self-understanding and identity.
How did Jesus relate to the Gentiles and what was their role in his ministry? Was Jesus' ministry confined to the Jews? Matthew 10:5-6 and Matthew 15:21-28 are considered to give insight on these aspects of Jesus' ministry.
Who was James the brother of Jesus, also known as James the Just? This essay gives a summary of the way he is portrayed in the New Testament. It further takes a look at the differences between the canonical James and the post-canonical James.