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James, Son of Zebedee
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(Disciple). In the Synoptics, James and John are “the sons of Zebedee” (Matt 4:21; Mark 1:19; Luke 5:10), whom Jesus called as disciples with Peter. Mark adds the Aramaic sobriquet “Boanerges,” translated as “sons of thunder.” James appears in all four New Testament lists of the Twelve (Matt 10:2; Mark 3:17; Luke 6:14; Acts 1:13). Although the Fourth Gospel knows of the twelve (John 6:70f.) it provides no list. James is not named in the Fourth Gospel, but “those of Zebedee” are am…

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Johnson, Luke T., “James, Son of Zebedee”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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