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St. James the Apostle, Brother of St. John the Evangelist

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St. James, with his brother John and the apostle Peter, form an inner circle within the twelve disciples. James was among the first four chosen; he and John, fishermen on Lake Genesaret, left their nets to follow Jesus. James witnessed such events as the raising of Jairus' daughter and, like his brother and Peter, slept in the garden of Gesthemane. James was the first of the twelve apostles to have been martyred, beheaded in 42 by Herod Agrippa. James is the only apostle whose death is mentioned in the New Testament.

Karen Rae Keck


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