The Epistle of James, alternatively called the Book of James or simply James, was written by an author identifying himself as “James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ” who is writing to “the twelve tribes scattered abroad”.  Although there were several James’ mentioned in the Bible, it is widely thought that the author of Epistle of James is James, the half-brother of Jesus.  James was not a follower of Jesus during his time on earth but came to believe after Jesus appeared to him after the resurrection.  In the book, James writes to encourage believers to live consistently with what they have learned about Jesus Christ.  Written around 47 AD, it may be the first New Testament book written.