Why is James called the half brother of Jesus?

How were James and John related to Jesus?

According to Church tradition, their mother was Salome Also according to some traditions, Salome was the sister of Mary, Jesus’ mother, making Salome Jesus’ aunt, and her sons John the Apostle and James were Jesus’ cousins.

What happened to James the brother of Jesus?

James (the elder son of Zebedee, brother of John) was beheaded at Jerusalem. James (one of Jesus’ brothers, also called James the Less) was thrown from a pinnacle of the Temple, and then beaten to death with a club. … Even in the face of death, they still proclaimed Jesus the Messiah.

Did Jesus have a brother named John?

The New Testament names James the Just, Joses, Simon, and Jude as the brothers (Greek adelphoi) of Jesus (Mark 6:3, Matthew 13:55, John 7:3, Acts 1:13, 1 Corinthians 9:5).

How was James the half brother of Jesus?

The Orthodox think Joseph had James by his first wife, and after she died he married Mary — whose only child was the virgin-born Jesus. Thus, James was Jesus’ stepbrother. Catholics commonly hold that James was merely Jesus’ close relative, perhaps the son of Joseph’s brother Clopas or a cousin on Mary’s side.

Are there two James in the Bible?

In the lists of the twelve apostles in the synoptic Gospels, there are two apostles called James, who are differentiated there by their fathers: James, son of Zebedee, and James, son of Alphaeus. Long-standing tradition identifies James, the son of Alphaeus, as James the Less.

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