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Jude - Introduction

The author identifies himself as Jude, “brother of James,” who is presumably the brother of Jesus (Mk 6.3; Acts 15.13 ). Oddly, he does not claim Jesus as his kin, although Eusebius records legends about the grandsons of Jude “who is said to have been the brother, according to the flesh, of the Savior” (H.E. 3.19.1). His viewpoint reflects Judean interests as evidenced by the scriptural references and the obscure Israelite works cited (1 Enoch; * “Assumption of Moses” * ). The level of literacy and the quality of Greek style are much higher than one would expect of a village peasant. The fiction that Jude is so highly connected by birth lends authority to the letter's message, since heretical persons who deny key elements of the group's faith would be outweighed by the word of a genuine authority such as Jude.

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