Quote of the Moment: James the Just

In the Gospel of Thomas, Jesus names his successor:

The disciples said to Jesus, “We know that you are going to leave us. Who will be our leader?”

Jesus said to them, “No matter where you are you are to go to James the Just, for whose sake heaven and earth came into being.” (Gos. Thomas 12)

Quite a recommendation for James. But in the cannonical gospels, James … well, here’s the best description I’ve found:

James? James does…well…nothing. In the Gospels he is never listed as solely stating or performing an action—he is always linked with his brother John. (See Mark 10:35; Luke 9:54). He is never listed as a leader in the Church. Indeed, his solitary moment in the limelight (what we will be discussing) is the dubious distinction of being killed in a parenthetical statement within the introduction to a glorious story on another Disciple—Peter.

For those of you familiar with Star Trek: James was the red-shirted crewmember beamed down to the planet.

From DagoodS – atheist, lawyer and thinking sandwich.

(FWIW, I think James the Just was also the apostle James as well as James the brother of Jesus. But honestly, there could have been 47 different guys named James.)

  • Peter Cross

    For those of you familiar with Star Trek: James was the red-shirted crewmember beamed down to the planet.

    Hmmm, maybe a gnostic version of Star Trek is called for…

  • superaction80

    (FWIW, I think James the Just was also the apostle James as well as James the brother of Jesus. But honestly, there could have been 47 different guys named James.)

    Not 47, but you do have two different people there, and there are three guys named James mentioned in the holy writ. James the son of Zebedee, the one who was John’s brother and the apostle, is sometimes also referred to as James the greater and is the one who was executed by the sword. James the less (also one of the twelve apostles) was the son of Alpheus. James the brother of Jesus (sometimes called “half-brother” ’cause his daddy was Joseph rather than some back-door Spirit), was the one thought to be the author of the epistle James and “James the Just.”

    • Francesc

      So Jesus named successor his brother? Uhm…

    • Len

      I know Zebedee. And Dougal. And Florence. Not forgetting Dylan. Next you’ll be telling me they weren’t real.

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  • Robert Jase

    No wonder the believers ditched him to follow Paul. A dynamic know-nothing is much more aesthetically pleasing than a dull know-it-all.

  • Robster

    Wonder if James is coming back with jeesus on May 21st?

    • Len

      If he is, he’ll be wearing a red shirt.

    • James

      I am back already.

  • sahansdal

    James was real, Jesus maybe not. Read Robert Eisenman. James was almost certainly a perfect Master, like John the Baptist and RSSB Masters today. http://www.RSSB.org

    The entire NT is a coverup of James and John — especially James. “Judas” is a cover for James. The “Betrayal” is a cover for the succession of James. It is truly a fascinating story. I wrote about it. Just email me at yahoo, I’ll send a pdf.


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