Jas 1:1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetings.
James 1:1 confronts us with the problem of which James is the author of this letter. There are several people named James in the Bible, just like we have several Marys. As Bible students, we have to figure out which one wrote this letter.
I believe our author is James, the brother of the Lord. But how do we know?
His simple, humble introduction is striking since James, the younger brother of the Lord, played a prominent role in leading the early Jerusalem church. Yet our author claims no authority from this position nor from a unique relationship with Jesus Christ. He introduces himself simply as another sinner saved by grace.
Who was James and how did he come to faith? And how do we know which James wrote this letter?