Reference: James, Son Of
One of the twelve apostles, and brother of John the apostle. He was a fisherman, and was called to the apostleship while mending his nets. He at once forsook all and followed the Lord. Mt 4:21; 10:2; Mr 1:19,29; Lu 5:10; 6:14; Ac 1:13. James and his brother were named by the Lord BOANERGES, 'sons of thunder.' He with John asked if they should call down fire from heaven on the Samaritans. Lu 9:54.
Peter, James, and John were privileged by the Lord to attend Him on several occasions, as on the mount of transfiguration. Mt 17:1; Mr 5:37; 9:2; 13:3; 14:33; Lu 8:51; 9:28. The mother of James and John requested that her two sons might sit, the one on the right hand and the other on the left of the Lord in His kingdom. This raised the indignation of the other disciples; but the Lord taught them all a lesson of humility: He Himself had come to minister and to give His life a ransom for many. Mt 20:20. James was killed by Herod Agrippa I. about A.D. 43. Ac 12:2. The 'James' referred to in 1Co 15:7 may be this apostle.
Going on from there He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and He called them.
Now the names of the twelve apostles are these: The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; and James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother;
Six days later Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up on a high mountain by themselves.
Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to Jesus with her sons, bowing down and making a request of Him.
Going on a little farther, He saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who were also in the boat mending the nets.
And immediately after they came out of the synagogue, they came into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.
And He allowed no one to accompany Him, except Peter and James and John the brother of James.
Six days later, Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John, and brought them up on a high mountain by themselves. And He was transfigured before them;
As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew were questioning Him privately,
And He took with Him Peter and James and John, and began to be very distressed and troubled.
and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, "Do not fear, from now on you will be catching men."
Simon, whom He also named Peter, and Andrew his brother; and James and John; and Philip and Bartholomew;
When He came to the house, He did not allow anyone to enter with Him, except Peter and John and James, and the girl's father and mother.
Some eight days after these sayings, He took along Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray.
When His disciples James and John saw this, they said, "Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?"
When they had entered the city, they went up to the upper room where they were staying; that is, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas the son of James.
And he had James the brother of John put to death with a sword.