Who is this James? The debate about the authorship of James shows little consensus about who this particular James was. There are at least four common scholarly views about this James. Either he was one of the two apostles of Jesus Christ named James, either James the son of Zebedee or James the son of Alphaeus. This James may also have been James the Just, the so-called brother of Jesus. Finally, he may have been some James that we know nothing about. Do you know anyone named James?