This is an Interpreter Radio Roundtable for Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 45, “Be Ye Doers of the Word, and Not Hearers Only,” covering the Epistle of James. The panelists for this roundtable were Steve Densley, Craig Foster and Dan Ellsworth. This roundtable was extracted from the October 27, 2019 broadcast of Interpreter Radio. The complete show may be heard at https://interpreterfoundation.org/interpreter-radio-show-october-27-2019/. The Interpreter Radio Show can be heard Sunday evenings from 7 to 9 PM (MDT), on K-TALK, AM 1640, or you can listen live on the Internet at ktalkmedia.com. Call in to 801-254-1640 with your questions and comments during the live show.
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Is this James the same James that appeared to Joseph Smith with Peter and John to restore the Melchizedek presthood?
It is my understanding that this James/Jacob, brother to the Lord, wrote this epistle and James, son of Zebedee and brother to John, was of the First Presidency of Christ. And then there is James, son of Alphaeus.
BYU Studies has some excellent charts and I happened to recently read this one.
One of you asked how Jacob became James. A note from Wayment’s Translation:
“The name James does not appear in the New Testament, and all persons who bear that name in modern translations were formally named Jacob in their lifetimes. The origin of the shift from Jacob to James appears to be the Latin translation of the New Testament, which changed the name Jacob in Greek to Jacobus in Latin. Owing to verbal shifts in the language, Jacobus was later rendered as Jacomus and then through French in a shortened form to James.”
-Thomas Wayment, The New Testament: A Translation for Latter-day Saints