The author of the book of James simply identifies himself as, “James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ” (1:1). While there are upwards of six different people named James in the New Testament, we can be rather sure that James the half brother of Jesus is the author of this book (Mark 6:3; Gal. 1:19). First, James was one of the pillars of the church, and held a prominent role in Jerusalem; lacking further specification, early readers would have assumed “James” would have been this James. Second, scholars have examined the sentence structure and words spoken by James in Acts 15:13-21 and that of the epistle and have found striking similarity. Third, due to the contents of this book, it is clear that James was written at an early date, but also by a date when persecution, suffering, and oppression were widespread in the early church. This fits what we know about James, the brother of Christ. Finally, church history has well documented that James the half-brother of Jesus authored this book at an early date.

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ByJustus Musinguzi

Promoting the annual reading and study of the whole Bible, and teaching the treasures of God's truth that honors God, is saturated with grace, exalts Christ, and is driven by the gospel.