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James the Less
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A scholarly article on the reception history of James the Less must include patristic reflections on his identity and on the authorship of the Epistle of James as well as reports on his way of life and his martyrdom.

Debates About Identity

Early Christian debates about the identities of those called “James” were the consequence of puzzling personal references within the New Testament, overshadowed by the problem of Mary’s virginity; within this debate on…

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Meiser, Martin, “James the Less”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 30 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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