The epistle,

   which is addressed to the 12 tribes scattered abroad,

     was probably written from Jerusalem,

but the date is not known.

It may be one of the earlier epistles of the New Testament.

   In the epistle are found some clearly stated items about practical religion,

 If  any of you...  lacks wisdom, he should ask of God for help.

Among other important teachings of James are those that have to do with faith... and works (James 2);

the need to control the unruly tongue (James 3);

an exhortation to patience (James 5); calling the elders for a blessing when sick (5:14–16);

and the desirability of being an instrument of conversion in the life of even one other person (5:19–20)..

The Book Of James