Professor Derek Voorhees
NT 101 New Testament Introduction
23 September 2014
When all is said and done as to who wrote the book of Jude, there seems to be no dispute among scholars that it was Jude the brother of James and Jesus. However, there are other men mentioned in the scriptures also named Jude, which has motivated additional debate on the subject of who really wrote the Book of Jude.
The name Jude in the New Testament is actually a form of the name Judas (Greek) or Judah (Hebrew). Judas Iscariot has been ruled out as the writer of Jude due to his reputation as the betrayer of Jesus. There are in actuality four known Judes in the scriptures of the New Testament. There is no mention of a Jude in Mark’s writing when he tells us of the 12 chosen Apostles (Mark 16-19), so Jude was not an apostle, although Mark does mention Judas as one of the brothers of James and Jesus (Mark 6:4). Jude identifies himself as Jude in the first verse of the Book (or letter) of Jude as well as a “bond-servant of Jesus Christ” and “brother of James.” James being the “brother of Christ” would also be the brother of Jude. Subsequently, there is Judas who was called Barsabbas who was one of the ones chosen to go to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas, as mentioned in the Book of Acts (Acts 15:22). Apparently, “Barsabbas” or Judas (Jude) worked closely with James in Jerusalem. The last of the four named Jude was Judas of Damascus who Saul was staying with when the Lord told Ananias to go there to the house of Judas and lay his hands on Saul so he could regain his sight. No one is sure if Judas of Damascus was even a believer, and it is too unclear of his stature that he could have written such a letter as the letter of Jude to the church. Therefore, after examining the four men named Jude, the general consensus is that Jude, the brother of James and Jesus, is the author of this letter. 2
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