Who wrote the book of James? Was it a disciple?

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  • Seven
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago
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    It was written by James, the half-brother of Jesus (according to the earliest sources). James was martyred in 62 AD.

    Galatians 1:19 & 2:9

    BTW: There were two disciples named "James":

    1) James (the son of Zebedee) and brother of the disciple John.

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    1) James (the son of Alphaeus) who was the brother of Matthew (who was also known as Levi).

    • Jerald T5 years agoReport

      so was it James son of Zebedee of James son of Alphaeus?

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  • 1 decade ago

    The book of James is attributed to James, brother of Jesus but was most likely written quite a while after the time of Jesus, and after his closest disciples had died.

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  • jvitne
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    1 decade ago

    Writer: James and it was written in : Jerusalem. The writing Completed: Before 62 C.E.

    James addressed his letter from Jerusalem to “the twelve tribes that are scattered about,” literally, “the (ones) in the dispersion.”

    (James 1:1) "James, a slave of God and of [the] Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes that are scattered about: Greetings!"

    As to the authenticity of James, it is contained in the Vatican No. 1209, the Sinaitic, and the Alexandrine manuscripts. It is included in at least ten ancient catalogs prior to the Council of Carthage 397 C.E. It was widely quoted by early ecclesiastical writers. A deep inner harmony with the rest of the inspired Scriptures is very evident in James’ writings.

    Source(s): 1. WT-'All Scriptures Inspired', 249
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  • 1 decade ago

    James, the half brother of Jesus wrote James. Yes he was a disciple. Jesus appeared to James his half brother after his resurrection. At the beginning of James the writer identifies himself as a slave of the Lord Jesus. Also Jude's introductory words are similar to those of James, also as a slave of Jesus Christ, but a brother of James. So we can conclude that Jesus's two half brothers each wrote a book that bears their names. Paul also spoke of "James the brother of the Lord" as one of the "pillars" in the congregation along with Cephas and John. Gal.1:19 & 2:9

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  • 1 decade ago

    It was James, the Righteous. He was a brother of Yeshua/Jesus and apparently he became one of the elders at the Temple in Jerusalem, along with Peter and the other Apostles, after the departure of the Messiah...

    Apostle = Disciple = Adherent = Follower...

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  • 1 decade ago

    Probably James

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  • 1 decade ago

    It was written by James himself who was known to be Jesus' brother. He wasn't a disciple of Jesus and never even believed in him except after Christ Resurrection. He was also the first head of the established church in Jerusalem, and was the first to die as martyr after the stoning and the killing of Steven.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Do you mean the translation of King James? Then it is the translation of the New Testament from Greek to English!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    James; duh.

    That's why it starts, James, a servant of G-d, to the 12 tribes which are scattered abroad, greetings.

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  • 1 decade ago

    james jesus brother in jerusalem completed b. 62

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