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There are many Jameses in the New Testament, and linguistic questions about what the word “brother” means, but none about the leadership of James the Just, influential first Bishop of Jerusalem. A late convert himself, he brought so many people to Christ that the religious authorities of the city begged him to reverse the tide. They took him to the pinnacle of the Temple, demanding that he renounce all belief in Jesus as Messiah. But he preached his brother instead, so the rabbis flung him off the roof to his death.

The Rev. Tobias S. Haller: St. James of Jerusalem. There are many Jameses in the New Testament, and technical questions about what the word “brother” means, but no questions about the leadership of James the Just, Bishop of Jerusalem and brother of Jesus. A late convert himself, James brought so many people to Christ that the religious authorities of the city begged him to reverse the tide. They took him to the pinnacle of the Temple, demanding that he denounce all belief in Jesus as Messiah. But he preached his brother instead, so they flung him off the roof to his death.

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