Bible Dictionary New Testament Essay

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BIBL 104 B-53

New Testament Bible Dictionary Project


“And James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James; and he surnamed them Boanerges, which is, Sons of thunder:” (Mark 3:17 KJV).
The Book of James can be found in the twentieth Book of the New Testament, or in the division of the bible referred as the Letters of the Epistles. Twenty-one of the twenty-seven Books of the New Testament are letters (about thirty-five percent of the entire New Testament)” (Duvall, J., and Hays, J. (2008), Journey into God’s World: Your guide to understanding and applying the Bible, page 97). Scholars have noted, “James’s letter is one ...view middle of the document...

“An indecisive man is unstable in all his ways” (James 1:8). James is also pictorial in his language, using word picture or similes” (Hindson, E., Towns, E. (2013), Illustrated Bible Survey, An Introduction, page 523). “Now when we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we also guide the whole animal” (James 3:3). James main purpose to the twelve Tribes of Israel was, “Blessed is the man that endureth temptations: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which he Lord hath promised to them that love him” (James 1:12 KJV).


“James a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered aboard, greetings” (James 1:1 KJV).

This story tells of one of the two apostles named James. Little is known of James the son of Alphaeus, only that mentioned in Matthew 10:3, which reads in part, “Philip, and Bartolomeu; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus;” The James of this report is, James the son of Zebedee and Salome, also known as James the Great. Born in Bethsaida, Judea (during the Roman Empire), and a fishermen in his family business. Some Bible scholars credits the Epistle of James to this author. Contributing factors influencing accreditation to James the son of Zebedee authorship are, “He was a witness of the resurrected Lord (1 Corinthians 15:7), presided over the Jerusalem Council (Acts 15), and was considered one of the pillars in the church at Jerusalem (Galatians 2:9)” (Hindson, E., Towns, E. (2013), Illustrated Bible Survey: An Introduction, page 522). James the son of Zebedee was the first apostle to be martyred (beheaded about the feast of Easter) in AD 44 by King Herod Agrippa, Grandson of Herod the Great. James wrote the epistle letter to the Jewish people (twelve tribes of Israel), that had been living outside the Promised Land. James message to the twelve tribes were; (1) Tested Faith, “Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance” (James 1:2-3). (2) Faith Authenticated, “Show me your faith without works, and I will show you faith from my works” (James 2:18). (3) Faith Demonstrated (James 3:1-5:20). During deliverance of these messages, is where James uses many of his aphorisms (a concise state of a principle, according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary). He uses three examples to illustrate his messages, “Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouth that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body (James 3:3). And the tongues is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the...

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