The writer of the “Book of James” is known to be Apostle Yahuchanan’s/John’s brother and a very close friend of YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH!
Yahuchanan’s and Ya’akov’s father was known as Zebedee.
Mark 3:17 King James Version (KJV)
17 And James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and he surnamed them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder:
Some writers say that “James” was One of YAHUSHUA’S brother/sibling. This is not right!
First and foremost, the Gospel of the Birth of Myriam/Miriam (a.k.a Mary) clarifies that Myriam only bore one child during her lifetime on earth.
Secondly, the siblings mentioned in the Gospels are Joseph’s (Myriam’s husband) from his first marriage. His wife passed on hence he married Myriam. It was YAH’S Divine Arrangement! Josephand Myriam never had sexual relations while on earth. Myriam remained a virgin all her life on earth. She did look after Joseph’s sons as if they were her own when Joseph passed on. Remember that YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH also gave Yahuchanan the responsibility of looking after Miryam just before HE died on the cross.
“Apostle James” was privileged to be one of the three talmidim/disciples who was chosen by YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH to go to the Mount in order to tarry in prayer with YAHUSHUA close to HIS time of suffering. The other two talmidim were Kefa or Kepha/Peter (originally known as Shimon Ben Yonah/Simon son of Jonah as per Yahuchanan/John 21:15) and Yahuchanan/John the beloved.
Yahuchanan’s brother was named “Ya’akov/Jacob” when born.
He was never called “James!!!”
Matthew 17:1-13 New King James Version (NKJV)
Jesus Transfigured on the Mount
17 Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; 2 and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. 3 And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. 4 Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, [a]let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
5 While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” 6 And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid. 7 But Jesus came and touched them and said, “Arise, and do not be afraid.” 8 When they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.
9 Now as they came down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying, “Tell the vision to no one until the Son of Man is risen from the dead.”
10 And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?”
11 Jesus answered and said to them, “Indeed, Elijah is coming [b]first and willrestore all things. 12 But I say to you that Elijah has come already, and they did not know him but did to him whatever they wished. Likewise the Son of Man is also about to suffer at their hands.” 13 Then the disciples understood that He spoke to them of John the Baptist.
Matthew 17:1-13 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
17 Six days later, Yeshua took Kefa, Ya‘akov and his brother Yochanan and led them up a high mountain privately. 2 As they watched, he began to change form — his face shone like the sun, and his clothing became as white as light. 3 Then they looked and saw Moshe and Eliyahu speaking with him. 4 Kefa said to Yeshua, “It’s good that we’re here, Lord. I’ll put up three shelters if you want — one for you, one for Moshe and one for Eliyahu.” 5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them; and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love, with whom I am well pleased. Listen to him!” 6 When the talmidim heard this, they were so frightened that they fell face down on the ground. 7 But Yeshua came and touched them. “Get up!” he said, “Don’t be afraid.” 8 So they opened their eyes, looked up and saw only Yeshua by himself.
9 As they came down the mountain, Yeshua ordered them, “Don’t tell anyone what you have seen until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.” 10 The talmidim asked him, “Then why do the Torah-teachers say that Eliyahu must come first?” 11 He answered, “On the one hand, Eliyahu is coming and will restore all things; 12 on the other hand, I tell you that Eliyahu has come already, and people did not recognize him but did whatever they pleased to him. In the same way, the Son of Man too is about to suffer at their hands.” 13 Then the talmidim understood that he was talking to them about Yochanan the Immerser.
So the question is, where did the name, “James” come from?
Well, King James of England. The King James Bible and New King James Bible are named after him.
He specifically instructed his (church) translators to include a Book in the Holy Biblical Scriptures with his name thereby changing the name of YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH’S talmidim from Jacob to James.
It is meant to be called:
“Ha Sefer Ya’akov” /
“The Book of Jacob.”
James VI and I (19 June 1566 – 27 March 1625) was King of Scotland as James VI, and King of England and King of Ireland as James I. He was the first monarch to be called the king of Great Britain. He ruled in Scotland as James VI from 24 July 1567 until his death and he ruled in England and Ireland from 24 March 1603 until his death.
The Authorized King James Version is a translation of the Bible into the English language. This version of the Bible is also called the Authorized Version (AV) or as the King James Version (KJV) in the United States.
The name “King James” comes from King James I of England, who told the Church of England to begin working on it in 1604. The first book was published in 1611.
Although it is one of the oldest English translations of the Bible, it is still one of the most widely read versions today. A 2014 survey in the United States found that 55% people who read the Bible were using the King James Version. The next most widely-read version was the New International Version at 19%, while other versions were used by less than 10%.
Mattityahu 17:1-13 Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB)
17 And after shisha yamim (six days), Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach took Kefa, Yaakov and Yochanan his brother; he brings them up to a high mountain in yechidus.
2 And Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach was transfigured before them, and Moshiach’s face shone like the shemesh (sun), and his garments became brilliant like the ohr.
3 And hinei! There appeared before them Moshe Rabbenu and Eliyahu HaNavi conferring with Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach.
4 And Kefa said in reply to Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach, Adoni, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will make shalosh sukkot here: one for you, and one for Moshe Rabbenu, and one for Eliyahu HaNavi.
5 While he was speaking, hinei! A brightly shining anan (cloud) overshadowed them, and hinei! A bat kol (a voice from heaven) out of the anan was saying, This is My Ben ahuvi (beloved Son) with whom I am well-pleased. Listen to him.
6 And having heard this, the talmidim fell on their faces and were filled with pachad.
7 And Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach came to them, and touched them, and said, Arise, and do not be afraid.
8 And lifting their eyes, they saw no one except only Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach himself, alone.
9 And as Moshiach’s talmidim were coming down from the mountain, Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach gave them this directive saying, Tell the mareh (vision) to no one until the Ben HaAdam [Moshiach] has undergone the Techiyas HaMoshiach.
10 And Moshiach’s talmidim asked him, saying, Why then do the Sofrim say that it is necessary for Eliyahu HaNavi to come first?
11 And Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach said in reply, Eliyahu HaNavi does indeed have his coming and will restore all things.
12 But I say to you, that Eliyahu has come already, and they did not have daas of him, but did to him whatever they willed [Mt 6:10]. So also the Ben HaAdam [Moshiach] is about to suffer by them.
13 Then the Moshiach’s talmidim had binah that he spoke to them about Yochanan of the tevilah of teshuva.