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INTRODUCTION
Who Is James?(v.1)

James,

The author of this book says his name is James. Although there are several men in the New Testament called James, the author of this book is believed to be the half-brother of Jesus.


When He had come into His own country, He taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished and said, "Where did this Man get this wisdom and these mighty works? Is this not the carpenter's son? Is not His mother called Mary? And His brothers James, Joses, Simon, and Judas? And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where did this Man get all these things?"
(Matthew 13:53-56)

Can you imagine what it would be like if your brother came up to you and said he was the Son of God? Would you believe him? Probably not because we know how brothers can be! But James saw that his brother Jesus was doing mighty works, the kind of works that only Someone who is sent by God can perform. He went on the become the leader of one of the first Christian churches. His nickname was James the Just, and it was said he had knees like a camel from kneeling in prayer so often.

a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,

James writes in this first verse of Chapter One that he is a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus.

WHAT IS A BONDSERVANT?

A bondservant was a slave who could go free if they wanted, but because of their great love and loyalty to their master chose to remain a slave. This is the kind of love that James had for his half-brother and Master, Jesus Christ. He proved this love by dying for Jesus in AD 62. A group of people threw James off the roof of the temple in Jerusalem. When that didn't do the job, they finished James off by clubbing him to death.

to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad...Greetings.

James is writing his book to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad. These are not tribes of Indians, but Jewish people who had moved away from their hometowns and country. James was writing to encourage them in the things of God and to help them with their Christian walk.

QUESTIONS
1. Give one verse to show that James was the half-brother of Jesus.
2. What is a bondservant?
3. Who was this letter written to, and why?