Our primary sources for this teaching are The Gospel According To John and quotations of Jerome from The Gospel According to the Hebrews, an account of the earthly life and resurrection of Messiah Y’shua first written in Hebrew and held sacred within the first century Nazarean community of believers. This source reports on the resurrection appearance of Messiah to His brother, commonly known as James the Just / Yakov HaTsadeek. While Paul affirms that Messiah appeared to Yakov / James after His resurrection this appearance to Yakov / James is not reported on anywhere in the traditional New Testament Scriptures, leaving a significant gap in the NT resurrection report. That makes the resurrection report from The Gospel According to the Hebrews all the more valuable, since it fills in information known to be lacking from the traditional four Gospels. This important information significantly fills out the picture of what happened after the resurrection of Messiah and helps to lay a foundation of understanding of the role of James the Just / Yakov HaTsadeek among the early believers.
After His bodily resurrection Y’shua the Messiah appeared to many over a period of 40 days, before finally returning to His Father in Heaven. Everyone to whom He appeared after His resurrection was profoundly changed by the encounter. In this program we consider the eye-witness reports of some of those encounters from Mark and Luke, and draw important lessons from them. We also consider some fascinating historical information regarding the two talmidim / disciples whom the resurrected Messiah walked, taught and ate with in the Emmaus visitation. They were, in fact, Y’shua’s uncle Klofah / Clopas and his cousin, son of Clopas, Simon / Simeon / Shimon who became a great leader among the believers and was martyred at an advance age, still holding to his testimony of the resurrected Y’shua the Messiah. Though these witnesses had their flaws, as do we all, this world is not worthy of men and women like these!