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The book of James provides some of the most valuable instruction in scripture, encouraging the persecuted and materially disadvantaged, using illustrations to teach, even as Jesus had also done. A clear warning is given to teachers concerning their added responsibility, though, as well as admonition concerning friendship with the world ( James 3:1; James 4:4 ). The book is rife with inspiring and beautiful writing. The writer is James, the half-brother of Jesus Christ ( Matthew 13:55; Mark 6:3 ), who along with Jude had become one of Jesus' loyal followers, earlier having been an unbeliever ( John 7:1-9; Acts 12:2,17; James 1:1; Jude 1 ). We know that Jesus' brother gained much in the way of faith in Christ ( Acts 12:2,17; Galatians 1:19, 2:9,12 ), and thus the writer was not one of the twelve apostles ( James 1:1; Galatians 1:19 ), although two of the twelve were named James ( Mark 3:16-18; Luke 6:14-16; Acts 1:13; ).