James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.
James who is often referred to as the brother of the lord, wrote the Book of James.
- Not to be confused with James, son of Zebedee or James, son of Alphaeus whom were both a part of the 12 disciples.
James became the leader of the Christian movement in Jerusalem in the decades after Jesus' death, but information about his life is scarce and ambiguous. Apart from a handful of references in the Gospels, the main sources for his life are the Acts of the Apostles, the Pauline epistles, the historian Josephus, and St. Jerome, who also quotes the early Christian author Hegesippus. The Epistle of James in the New Testament is traditionally attributed to him, and he is a principal author of the Apostolic Decree of Acts 15. In the extant lists of Hippolytus of Rome, Dorotheus of Tyre, the Chronicon Paschale, and Dimitry of Rostov, he is the first of the Seventy Apostles, though some sources, such as the Catholic Encyclopedia, draw the conclusion that “these lists are unfortunately worthless”.
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