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People: James the son of Zebedee

James the son of Zebedee

Brother of John and one of Jesus' first disciples

Background

James and his brother John were the sons of Zebedee. They were Galilean fishermen whom Jesus called to follow him. James, along with Peter and John, was one of the disciples closest to Jesus. He was present at the Transfiguration, asked for a special place in Jesus' kingdom, and accompanied Jesus in Gethsemane.

AUTHOR: Robert Brusic, Seminary Pastor Emeritus