The purpose of this (proposed) discussion though, is NOT to prove or disprove the existence of Jesus Christ, per se ... but to explore the history around the first testimonium of Josephus, concerning the Jesus, the brother of James. (I don't even want this discussion to get mixed in with the "BIG" testimonium but rather, to stay with the smaller, lesser mention of Jesus, as being Jame's brother).
To go to the actual passage in Josephus' writings, click on the following link and then hit Cntrl + F keys on your keyboard to bring up the search function. Type in (or copy and paste) ........... CHAPTER 9 .... and then hit enter. This will take you directly to that passage, since it's in the first "verse."
Here is the line again ....
[Festus was now dead, and Albinus was but upon the road; so he assembled the sanhedrim of judges, and brought before them the brother of Jesus, who was called Christ, whose name was James, and some others ]
Take a good look at that sentence. It's not exactly clear WHO was "called Christ." Anyone not familiar with Christianity would probably think it was referring to James.
If you then use the search slot and enter .... Jesus .... you'll find that this is the very FIRST mention of any Jesus in Antiquities book 20.
Thus, if Josephus was talking about Jesus as the one called Christ, he has given NO previous introduction to this fellow. If Jesus is not the FOCUS of this particular passage, it's awfully peculiar that Josephus would introduce him and then say NOTHING more about him again. But if Josephus WAS speaking of Jesus as the topic for this section, it makes a wee bit more sense.
He's going to talk about Jesus.
He introduces James, the brother of this Jesus.
James is killed.
The story continues on, about Jesus.
Is this what Josephus was really doing?
Look at the end of the passage ....
[Whereupon Albinus complied with what they said, and wrote in anger to Ananus, and threatened that he would bring him to punishment for what he had done; on which king Agrippa took the high priesthood from him, when he had ruled but three months, and made Jesus, the son of Damneus, high priest. ]
Is this the same Jesus as the Jesus above it, who was the brother of James, also called "Christ"?
It makes sense. James was killed by the work of Ananus the Sadducee high priest, the people protested and finally the (new) King Agrippa stripped Ananus of his office and put James' brother Jesus into that office.
(Ananus was the high priest officiating in the Gospels during the alleged trial of Jesus. He was also the high priest in Acts 4:6 )