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Who wrote the book? James was not a believer John until after the resurrection Acts ; 1 Corinthians ; Galatians Pseudonymous authorship 3 above implies that the person named "James" is respected and doubtless well known. But James made no mention of Gentile Christians at all, making an early date for the letter most likely.
Such a significant event as the Jerusalem Council warranted comment from James, as he was writing to a Jewish Christian audience. So ingrained in the Mosaic Law and its system of works were the Jewish Christians to whom James wrote that he spent considerable time explaining the difficult truth that no one is justified by the works of the law Galatians Was James prominent enough after his martyrdom and the fall of Jerusalem in 70 CE that a later writer or community might have used his name to give authority to a letter that they composed?