Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Whatever Happened to James the Less? by Chris White

Very little is known about James the Less within the pages of scripture much less outside of it.  He is believed to be the brother of Levi or Matthew who wrote the first Gospel.  Some ancient sources have suggested that James the Less looked so much like Jesus in appearance that this is why Judas was forced to identify the Lord with a kiss.  After Pentecost it is believed that James was stoned to death in Jerusalem while preaching the Gospel to the Jews.  In the middle of the 6th century when the Eastern Roman Empire started to become destabilized,  the remains of James the Less were removed from Jerusalem and taken to Rome for safekeeping.  Today, they are kept in the church of Santi Apostolii.

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