by Rev. Michaël Merle
We know very little about James the son of Alphaeus, even from apocryphal literature. In apocryphal literature the two James’ are often confused.
Michaël postulated an idea based on what we know from Rudolf Steiner about Lazarus. After Lazarus was called forth from the tomb, from the 3 days of temple sleep, he became known as John and the soul contents of John the Baptist poured into John Lazarus. John the son of Zebedee withdrew from the circle of the twelve to make room for John Lazarus. In John Lazarus we encounter a community of John. Adam was the first person to enter into the state of a temple sleep and upon awakening experiences a new level of consciousness, experiencing his full humanity so that he recognises his own parts in the new Eve.
It is possible that there is a similar story for James. We know that Jesus had a brother called James and it may be that James the son of Zebedee withdraws, as his brother has done, to give prominence to James the brother of Jesus. This is suggested because the spiritual leader of the community in Jerusalem was the “Brother of the Lord”. It is therefore possible that there was also a community of James.
James the son of Alphaeus is also called James the Lesser (Minor) and this may be that he did not have a prominent role to play in the early community of Christians.
James the son of Alphaeus is connected with Cancer which is associated with Topaz (actually peridot olivine). The soul quality connected to topaz is warm, tender, loving mercy which must transform to the spiritual quality of heart’s sacrifice.
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