James the Just facts

James
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Neobyzantine icon of James
Apostle and Martyr, Adelphotheos
Born Unknown
Died 69 AD or 62 AD, Jerusalem
Venerated in All Christianity
Canonized Pre-congregation
Feast May 3 (Roman Catholic), May 1 (Anglican), October 23 (Lutheran), (Episcopal Church (USA)), (Eastern Orthodox), December 26 (Eastern Orthodox)

James who died in 62 or 69 AD, was an important figure of the Apostolic Age. Other names used to refer to James include James the Just, or a variation of James, brother of the Lord.

Catholics and Orthodox, as well as some Anglicans and Lutherans teach that James, along with others named in the New Testament as "brothers" of Jesus, though they were not the biological children of Mary, but were possibly cousins of Jesus or step-brothers from a previous marriage of Joseph.

James was called "the Just" because of his good practices, which involved taking Nazarite vows. The name also helps distinguish him from other important figures in early Christianity.

James' name was important in the genealogy of Jesus because he always appears first when someone lists Jesus' brothers and sisters, this means that James was the eldest brother of Jesus.

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