A-Z: General definitions: James


1. James, the 'brother of Jesus'. Shared leadership of the early church in Jerusalem with St Peter. The apocryphal Infancy Gospel, the Book of James (also known as the Protevangelium) was attributed to him.

2. James the Great (Santiago de Compostela), son of Zebedee. He witnessed the Transfiguration of Christ and was the first apostle to be martyred in 40AD. 7th Century tradition claimed he  visited Spain. His shrine at Compostela a major medieval pilgrimage.

3. James son of Alphaeus, also an apostle. 7th Century tradition claimed he visited Spain.

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