The Epistle of James (Ancient Greek: Ἰάκωβος Iakōbos), the Book of James, or simply James, is one of the twenty-one epistles (didactic letters) in the New Testament.

The author identifies himself as “James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,” who is writing to “the twelve tribes scattered abroad” (James 1:1). The epistle is traditionally attributed to James the brother of Jesus (James the Just), and the audience is generally considered to be Jewish Christians, who were dispersed outside of Palestine due to persecution.

Framed within an overall theme of patient perseverance during trials and temptations, James writes to encourage believers to live consistently with what they have learned in Christ. He wants his readers to mature in their faith in Christ by living what they say they believe. He condemns various sins, including pride, hypocrisy, favoritism, and slander. He encourages believers to humbly live by godly rather than worldly wisdom and to pray in all situations.

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