Does anybody know our Church's position on the authorship of the Epistle of James (as in exactly WHICH James wrote it)? Modern scholarship seems to be very confused over the whole issue, and understandably so since there are potentially four different James' mentioned in the Gospels.
My current understanding is that the Epistle was written by 'James the Just' who is generally identified as 'James the Son of Alphaeus' from the list of disciples given in the Gospels. It was this James who was a relative of Jesus and was an administrator in the Church of Jerusalem for some time, until he was (probably) executed by the Jewish authorities in 62 AD.
The other James, the son of Zebedee, was the brother of John the Evangelist - it was he who is recorded as being killed by Herod Agrippa I in 44 AD. He is NOT the author of the epistle in the New Testament.
Have I got it right?