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Apostle James the Just

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[[Image:jamesbrotherlord.jpg|right|frame|Saint James the Just]]Saint '''James the Just''', also called '''James Adelphos''' and '''James the Brother of Our Lord''' (died AD 62), was the first [[Bishop]] or [[Patriarch]] of [[Church of Jerusalem|Jerusalem]]. According to the ''[[Protoevangelion of James]]'', James was the son of [[Joseph the Betrothed|Joseph]]—along with the other 'brethren of the Lord' mentioned in the scripture—from a marriage prior to his betrothal to [[Theotokos|Mary]]. He wrote an [[Book of James|epistle]] which is part of the [[New Testament]]. St. James is commemorated on [[October 23]]; on [[December 26]] or and also on the first Sunday after the [[December 30Nativity#Twelve_days_of_Christmas|30Nativity]], along with [[David]] the King and St. Joseph; and on [[January 4]] among the [[Apostles#The_Seventy|Seventy Apostles]].
A debated passage, often characterized as a Christian interpolation, in [[Josephus]]' ''Jewish Antiquities'', records his death in Jerusalem as having occurred after the death of the procurator Porcius Festus, yet before Clodius Albinus took office (''Antiquities'' 20,9)—which has thus been dated to AD 62. The high priest Ananus took advantage of this lack of imperial oversight to assemble a council of judges who condemned James "on the charge of breaking the law," then had him executed by stoning. Josephus reports that Ananus' act was widely viewed as little more than judicial murder, and offended a number of "those who were considered the most fair-minded people in the City, and strict in their observance of the Law," who went as far as meeting Albinus as he entered the province to petition him about the matter. Their agitations led to Ananus being deposed as high priest.
Eusebius, while quoting Josephus' account, also records otherwise lost passages from Hegesippus (see links below), and [[Clement of Alexandria]] (''Historia Ecclesiae'', 2.23). Hegesippus' account apparently varied from what Josephus reports: the [[Pharisee|Pharisees]], upset at St. James' teachings, first threw him from the summit of the Temple in Jerusalem, then stoned him, and at last broke his skull with a fuller's club.
The ''Protevangelion of James'' (or ''Infancy Gospel of James''), a work of the 2nd century, also presents itself as written by James.
[[Troparion]] ([[Tone]] 4) []
:As the Lord's disciple you received the Gospel, O righteous James;
:As a martyr you have unfailing courage;
:As God's brother, you have boldness;
:As a hierarch, you have the power to intercede.
:Pray to Christ God that our souls may be saved.
[[Kontakion]] (Tone 4)
:When God the Word, the Only-begotten of the Father,
:Came to live among us in these last days,
:He declared you, venerable James, to be the first shepherd and teacher of Jerusalem
:And a faithful steward of the spiritual Mysteries.
:Therefore, we all honor you, O Apostle.
==External links==
*[ Apostle James, the Brother of the Lord], October 23 (OCA)
*[ Righteous James the Brother of the Lord, along with Joseph the Betrothed, and David the King], December 30 (OCA)
*[ James the Apostle, brother of Our Lord] ([[GOARCH]])
*[ "The martyrdom of James, the brother of the Lord"] Quotes from lost writings of Hegesippus in Eusebius.
*[ Flavius Josephus ''Antiquities of the Jews'' Book 20, Chapter 9]
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