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13. The last proposition of Helvidius was this, and it is what he wished to show when he treated of the first-born, that brethren of the Lord are mentioned in the Gospels. For example4205Behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, seeking to speak to him.” And elsewhere, 4206 “After this he went down to Capernaum, he, and his mother, and his brethren.” And again, 4207 “His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judæa, that thy disciples also may behold the works which thou doest. For no man doeth anything in secret, and himself seeketh to be known openly. If thou doest these things, manifest thyself to the world.” And John adds4208 “For even his brethren did not believe on him.” Mark also and Matthew4209 “And coming into his own country he taught them in their synagogues, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and mighty works? Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren James, and Joseph, and Simon, and Judas? And his sisters, are they not all with us?” Luke also in the Acts of the Apostles relates4210 “These all with one accord continued stedfastly in prayer, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.” Paul the Apostle also is at one with them, and witnesses to their historical accuracy4211 “And I went up by revelation, but other of the apostles saw I none, save Peter and James the Lord’s brother.” And again in another place4212 “Have we no right to eat and drink? Have we no right to lead about wives even as the rest of the Apostles, and the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas?” And for fear any one should not allow the evidence of the Jews, since it was they from whose mouth we hear the name of His brothers, but should maintain that His countrymen were deceived by the same error in respect of the brothers into which they fell in their belief about the father, Helvidius utters a sharp note of warning and cries, “The same names are repeated by the Evangelists in another place, and the same persons are there brethren of the Lord and sons of Mary.” Matthew says4213 “And many women were there (doubtless at the Lord’s cross) beholding from afar, which had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him: among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.” Mark also, 4214 “And there were also women beholding from afar, among whom were both Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the less and of Joses, and Salome”; and in the same place shortly after, “And many other women which came up with him unto Jerusalem.” Luke too, 4215 “Now there were Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them.”

4205 S. Matt. xii. 46.

4206 S. John ii. 12.

4207 S. John 7:3, 4.

4208 S. John vii. 5.

4209 S. Matt. 13:54, 55, Mark 6:1.

4210 Acts i. 14.

4211 Gal. 2:2, Gal. 1:19.

4212 1 Cor. 9:4, 5.

4213 S. Matt. 27:55, 56. For Joses, Jerome has Joseph.

4214 S. Mark 15:40, 41. For Joses, Jerome has Joseph.

4215 S. Luke xxiv. 10.

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