V. George Shillington deftly presents the imposing figures of James and Paul as both partners and rivals, impressively explaining their respective missions and commitments within different sociocultural locations. With a careful review of the evidence and recent scholarly discussion, this book makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the internal diversities and conflicts within the movement claiming Jesus as Messiah in its earliest decades.
Canadian Mennonite University
Like a detective novel, Shillington carefully sifts through the primary and secondary evidence for the lives of James and Paul. The result is a book full of insight and wisdom that will not only be of benefit to students but also to fellow scholars.
Newman University, Birmingham, UK
Provocative exegesis and readable prose combine to invite the reader into the current breakthrough period in study of a once neglected figure: James, the brother of Jesus. V. George Shillington develops a fresh portrait of James, and shows how reconceiving Jesus' brother exerts a profound influence on how we see Paul.