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Jude the Apostle
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According to the New Testament, Jude was one of the
Twelve Apostles of Jesus. He is generally identified with
Thaddeus (the twin or Thomas also know as Judas),
and is also variously called Jude Thaddaeus, Judas
Thaddaeus or Lebbaeus. He is identified with Jude, the
brother of Jesus.

Jude is clearly Judas Iscariot, both "Jude" and "Judas" are
translations of the name Ιούδας in the Greek original New
Testament, which in turn is a Greek variant of Judah
(Y'hudah), a name which was common among Jews at
the time. In most Bibles in languages other than English
and French, Jude and Judas are referred to by the same
name. The name by which Luke calls the Apostle,
"Jude of James", is interpreted as "Jude, brother of
James" (Luke 6:16) The Gospel of John also once
mentions a disciple called "Judas not Iscariot" (John 14:22).
This is often accepted to be the same person as the
apostle Jude. In some Latin manuscripts of Matthew 10:3,
he is called Judas the Zealot. Jude, brother of Jesus, who is
mentioned in Mark 6:3 and Matthew 13:55-57, and is the
traditional author of the Epistle of Jude. Some Catholics
believe the two Judes are the same person, while a number
of Protestants do not.
Veneration of Judas Thaddaeus
(San Judas Tadeo) in Mexico

The veneration of Judas Thaddaeus (San Judas Tadeo) in
Mexico has taken on importance in Mexico since the mid
20th century, especially in Mexico City. The centre for this
veneration is at the San Hipolito Church in the city centre, for
centuries the only church with any space devoted to this saint.
Although the church remains named for its original patron, the
image of Judas Thaddaeus has been moved to the main altar.
The church and some other locations in Mexico, receive
thousands of devotees, mostly coming on the 28th of each
month, especially October 28, the saint's feast day, other
areas, is filled with thousands of street shrines to San Judas
Tadeo with significant numbers of devotees include
Michoacán, the State of Mexico, Mexicali and Monterrey. Judas
Thaddaeus (or San Judas Tadeo in Spanish) was one of the
Twelve Apostles. A relative of Jesus, he was one of his first
followers and after Christ's death, became an evangelizer.
He was martyred along with Simon the Zealot, by decapitation
with a hatchet.
.James, brother of Jesus

James anglicized as Jacob, who died in martyrdom in 62 or 69 AD,
was an important figure of the Apostolic Age. His usual epithets
are James, the Lord's brother and James the Just. Paul mentions
meeting James "the Lord's brother" and later calls him a pillar in
the Epistle to the Galatians and in First Epistle to the Corinthians,
as one to whom Jesus appeared after his resurrection. Mary is
mentioned as the mother of a James, both in the Gospel of Mark
and in the Gospel of Matthew. James, the brother of Jesus. St. James is the successor to the Church of Jerusalem.

Paul further describes James as being one of the persons to whom the risen Christ showed himself (1 Corinthians 15:3–8);
later in 1 Corinthians, Paul mentions James in a way that suggests James had been married (9:5); and in Galatians, Paul lists
James with Cephas (better known as Peter) and John as the three "pillars" of the Church (2:9) who will minister to the
"circumcised" (in general Jews and Jewish Proselytes) in Jerusalem, while Paul and his fellows will minister to the
"uncircumcised" (in general Gentiles) (2:12). These terms (circumcised/uncircumcised) are generally interpreted to mean
Jews and Greeks, who were predominant; however, this is an oversimplification, as 1st-century Judaea Province also had
some Jews who no longer circumcised and some Greeks and others such as Egyptians, Ethiopians, and Arabs who did.

When the Christians of Antioch were concerned over whether Gentile Christians need be circumcised to be saved, they sent
Paul and Barnabas to confer with the Jerusalem church. James was the local head of the oldest church and the leader of the
most conservative portion of Jewish Christianity. He played a prominent role in the formulation of the council's decision. James
was the last named figure to speak, after Peter, Paul and Barnabas; he delivered what he called his "decision" (Acts 15:19 NRSV)
– the original sense is closer to "opinion". He supported them all in being against the requirement (Peter had cited his earlier
revelation from God regarding Gentiles) and suggested prohibitions about eating blood as well as meat sacrificed to idols and
fornication. There is a view that 'strangled' and 'blood' in the texts refer to foreskin conditions - paraphimosis and ruptured
frenulum, respectively. This became the ruling of the Council, agreed upon by all the apostles and elders and sent to the other
churches by letter.

When Paul arrives in Jerusalem to deliver the money he raised for the faithful there, it is to James that he speaks, and it is James
who insists that Paul ritually cleanse himself at Herod's Temple to prove his faith and deny rumors of teaching rebellion against
the Torah (Acts 21:18ff).

After the departure of Peter from Jerusalem, James presided over the mother church of Christendom until his death. In the late
2nd century, Clement of Alexandria recorded the following: "For they say that Peter and James and John, after the ascension of
our savior, as if also preferred by our Lord, strove not after honor, but chose James the Just as bishop of Jerusalem".  Because
of this, Reza Aslan refers to James as the first Bishop of Bishops. Jerome wrote that after the Passion the Apostles selected James
as Bishop of Jerusalem. In describing James' ascetic lifestyle, De Viris Illustribus quotes Hegesippus' account of James from the
fifth book of Hegesippus' lost Commentaries:

After the apostles, James the brother of the Lord surnamed the Just was made head of the Church at Jerusalem. Many indeed are
called James. This one was holy from his mother's womb. He drank neither wine nor strong drink, ate no flesh, never shaved or
anointed himself with ointment or bathed. He alone had the privilege of entering the Holy of Holies, since indeed he did not use
woolen vestments but linen and went alone into the temple and prayed in behalf of the people, insomuch that his knees were
reputed to have acquired the hardness of camels' knees.

Since it was unlawful for anyone but the High Priest of the Temple to enter the Holy of Holies, and then only once a year on
Yom Kippur, Jerome's quotation from Hegesippus indicates that James was considered a High Priest. The Pseudo-Clementine
Recognitions suggest this.

Jerome quotes the non-canonical Gospel of the Hebrews: "'Now the Lord, after he had given his grave clothes to the servant of
the priest, appeared to James, for James had sworn that he would not eat bread from that hour in which he had drunk the Lord's
cup until he should see him risen from the dead.' And a little further on the Lord says, 'bring a table and bread.' And immediately
it is added, 'He took bread and blessed and broke and gave it to James the Just and said to him, "My brother, eat your bread, for t
he Son of Man is risen from the dead."' And so he ruled the church of Jerusalem thirty years, that is, until the seventh year of Nero."

The non-canonical Gospel of Thomas confirms that James was an important leader, stating, "The disciples said to Jesus: We know
that you will depart from us; who is it who will lead us?" Jesus said to them, "Wherever you have come from, go to James the Just,
for whom heaven and earth came to be."
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Evangelical theologian Philip Ryken describes reconciliation in this
way; “It is part of the message of Salvation that brings us back
together with God. … God is the author, Christ is the agent and
we are the ambassadors of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5).”

Although it’s only used five times in the Pauline corpus
(Romans 5:10-11, 11:15, 2 Corinthians 5:18-20, Ephesians 2:14-17
and Colossians 1:19-22) it is an essential term, describing the
“substance” of the gospel and salvation. Ralph Martin writing in the
Dictionary of Paul and his Letters, suggests reconciliation is at the
center of Pauline theology. Stanley Porter writing in the same
volume suggests a conceptual link between the reconciliation Greek
word group katallage (or katallasso) and the Hebrew word shalom,
generally translated as peace.