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Smith's Bible Dictionary
James The eneral Epistle of
James, The General Epistle of. The author of this Epistle was, in all probability, James, the son of Alphaeus, and our Lord's brother. It was written from Jerusalem, which St. James does not seem to have ever left. It was probably written about A.D. 62, during the interval between Paul's two imprisonments.
Its main object is not to teach doctrine, but to improve morality. St. James is the moral teacher of the New Testament. He wrote for the Jewish Christians, whether in Jerusalem or abroad, to warn them against the sins to which, as Jews, they were most liable, and to console and exhort them under the sufferings to which, as Christians, they were most exposed.
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Smith, William, Dr. Entry for 'James The eneral Epistle of'. Smith's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/sbd/j/james-the-eneral-epistle-of.html. 1901.