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Acts of James the Greater
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A noncanonical work about James, Son of Zebedee that purports to chronicle the missionary activity of James before he was martyred by Herod Agrippa (Acts 12:2). The Latin version is preserved in the fourth book of the Apostolic History of Pseudo-Abdias, with further fragments elsewhere in Coptic, Arabic, Ethiopic, and Greek translations. This work was never widely authoritative in the early church period.
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Acts of James the Greater
Acts of James the Greater A noncanonical work about James, Son of Zebedee that purports to chronicle the missionary activity of James before he was martyred by Herod Agrippa (Acts 12:2). The Latin version is preserved in the fourth book of the Apostolic History of Pseudo-Abdias, with further fragments
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
James the Greater, Acts Of
James the Greater, Acts ofAn apocryphal work found in Book IV of the Pseudo-Abdias’ Apostolic History (and appearing with some variation in Greek, Coptic, and Ethiopic texts), thought to have evolved between the 2nd and 4th centuries. The Acts elaborate events in James’ missionary career and supplement
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
James the Great, Acts of (Writing)
James the Great, Acts of. †An apocryphal account of the later ministry and martyrdom of James the son of Zebedee.This fanciful book was probably written in Greek but is now extant only in Latin as Book IV of the Apostolic History of Abdias. It describes the preaching of James, the conversion of the
Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity
James the Great
JAMES the Great. Saint, apostle. Brother of *John the Evangelist, son of Salome (Mt 27:56; cf. Mk 15:40; 16:1) and Zebedee (Mt 10:2 and par.), whose profession as fisherman he followed (Mt 4:21–22), native to Bethsaida Julias (Jn 1:44). Zebedee and his two sons had formed a fishing consortium in the
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
JAMES THE GREAT, ACTS OF
JAMES THE GREAT, ACTS OF. Apocryphal traditions about James the Great (i.e., James the son of Zebedee) are rather sparse and were slow to develop. This is no doubt consequent to the fact that he was, according to tradition, the first of the Twelve to meet a martyr’s fate, dying in approximately 44 ce