Why was James called James the Just?
James was called “the Just” because of his ascetic practices, which involved taking Nazarite vows. The name also helps distinguish him from other important figures in early Christianity, such as James, son of Zebedee.
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.
How many James are in the Bible?
According to American theologian and scholar Donald Hagner (2012), there are at least 5, and possibly up to 7, different Jameses in the New Testament.
How old was Mary when Jesus was born?
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However, now we believe that Mary and Joseph were both in their teens when Jesus was born, around sixteen and eighteen respectively. This was the norm for Jewish newlyweds at that time.