James the Just of Jerusalem, brother of our Lord, is considered by most scholars to be the author of the epistle of James. (iconographer unknown)

St. James’s most lasting contribution, perhaps, to the development of the Christian faith was his helping to settle the circumcision controversy that threatened to split the early Church into Jewish and Greek factions. “My judgment is that we should impose no irksome restrictions on those Gentiles who are turning to God.” (Acts 15:19)

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