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James

Picture description: The Apostle Saint James the Greater Freeing the Magician Hermogenes, tempera and gold on panel by Fra Angelico (Fra Giovanni da Fiesole), c. 1426–29, Kimbell Art Museum
Picture copyright: Kimbell Art Museum

Bible Verse

Matthew 4:21

Meaning

It was derived from the Hebrew name יַעֲקֹב (Ya’aqov). It was believed to have come from the same origin as Jacob which carries the meaning of “supplanter”. (For details, see Jacob) In the New Testament, James was one of the twelve disciples of Jesus and also a brother of John the Apostle. He, John and Peter were the only three apostles selected by Jesus to bear witness to His transfiguration. In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus named them Boanerges which means Sons of Thunder. Paul regarded the three as the pillars of the church in the Book of Galatians. Jesus had a brother who was also called James in the New Testament.

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Keywords

apostle    brother    disciple    Galatians    James    Jesus    John    pillar    sons of thunder   

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