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Flirting with danger (James)

The person to whom this letter is ascribed can scarcely be one of the two members of the Twelve who bore the name James (see Matthew 10:2-3; Mark 3:17-18; Luke 6:14-15), for he is not identified as an apostle but only as "slave of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ" (James 1:1). This designation most probably refers to the third New Testament personage named James, a relative of Jesus who is usually called "brother of the Lord" (see Matthew 13:55; Mark 6:3). He was the leader of the Jewish Christian community in Jerusalem whom Paul acknowledged as one of the "pillars" (Gal 2:9). In Acts he appears as the authorized spokesman for the Jewish Christian position in the early Church (Acts 12:17; 15:13-21).

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