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MONDAY, October 23      Saint James of Jerusalem

Acts 15:19-20 Therefore I have reached the decision that we should not trouble those Gentiles who are turning to God, but we should write to them to abstain only from things polluted by idols and from fornication and from whatever has been strangled and from blood.

James led the community of Jewish Christians in Jerusalem and had considerable influence among the Christ followers of the Jewish diaspora. According to Josephus, even the Pharisees admired his piety and dedication to the law. Acts stresses James’ role as a reconciler, helping make space for the Gentiles.


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