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James -- (the Brother of John)
Mark 1:19 -- and going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who were also in the boat mending the nets.
James has WISDOM as the dominant spiritual attribute.
James was a fisherman, and fished with his father, Zebedee, and his brother John. The two brothers were called, "sons of thunder".
Representing wisdom and discernment, or good judgment, the vital spiritual faculties required for a balanced life, James was one of the three Disciples who were part of the "inner circle". He went with Jesus, as did John (love), and Peter (faith) -- to the Garden of Gethsemane on the night before the crucifixion.
James did his missionary work in Spain, and has been the Patron Saint of Christian Spanish people. He was the first Disciple to suffer martyrdom; and upon his death, his body was returned to Spain.
The man who betrayed James was so impressed with the great faith of James, he became a Christian, and later, he too, was condemned to death for his Christian beliefs.
"From the book Jesus and the Twelve, The Geographical Publishing Company, Inc. Chicago, Illinois, 1967"
JAMES, SON OF ZEBEDEE - A FISHERMAN (Acts 12:1-2)
During the persecutions of Herod Agrippa I, King of the Jews, in c AD44, the apostle James was beheaded - 'put to the sword' (Acts 12:1-2 following). Before his death, James the Greater as he is known to distinguish him from James, son of Alphaeus, preached in Jerusalem and Judea, modern Israel. A later Spanish tradition is that James preached the Gospel there sometime before his death.
Acts 12:1-2 - "It was at this time (of great famine, possibly around AD44) that King Herod laid violent hands on some of the Church members. James, John's brother, he executed with the sword ....."
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