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The Epistle of James James is the first of a group of letters addressed to Christians in general rather than to a particular church It is an extremely practical letter about the Christian life The letter was written early but the exact date is unknown We know little of how the letter came to be written or whom it was sent to We are not even sure who the author was Of the various personages in the New Testament bearing this name the James mentioned by Paul in Galatians 2 9 as one of the pillars of the church in Palestine well meets the requirements for the authorship of this epistle Paul designates him not as one of the Twelve but as the brother of the Lord The risen Christ made a significant appearance to him James was the administrator of the Jerusalem community and for this reason played a leading role in the apostolic Council He was the adviser of Paul on the latters arrival in Jerusalem after the third missionary journey He is probably to be identified as one of the relatives of Jesus who did not believe in him during the ministry Though not all scholars are satisfied that James leader of the Jerusalem community is the author it must be conceded that the epistle is datable before 62 AD when according to Josephus James was executed in Jerusalem Scholars who do not admit James of Jerusalem as the author of the epistle select a date for it toward the end of the first century James 2 verses 14-26 read My brothers what good is it to profess faith without practicing it Such faith has no power to save one has it If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and no food for the day and you say to them Good-bye and good luck Keep warm and well fed but do not meet their bodily needs what good is
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