THE EARLY CHRISTIAN CHURCH - VOLUME 1 : by Philip Carrington, Archbishop of Quebec. Published by the syndics of the Cambridge University Press, 1957. Katapi edition by Paul Ingram, 2013.
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|31 SOME FAMILY CONNECTIONS OF JESUS



       

NOTES:
Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist was a kins-woman of Mary the mother of Jesus.
John the Baptist was put to death by Herod Antipas c. A.D. 29.

(A) The family of Mary was possibly of the tribe of Levi.
Salome (a sister of Mary?) married Zebedee, a master fisherman. The inference that Salome was a sister of the Virgin Mary is based on a comparison of John xix.25, Matthew xxvii.56, and Mark xv.40. According to John xix.26-7, Jesus left his mother in the care of the apostle John, which implies a close connexion.
Of their two sons, Jacob (or James) and John. Both became apostles. James was put to death by Herod Agrippa before A.D. 44. John lived till about A.D. 100.
Mary was espoused to Joseph the Carpenter (B).
Jesus was crucified c. A.D.30 under Pontius Pilate.

(B) The family of Joseph was of the tribe of Judah and the house of David.
Joseph the carpenter had two sons, Simon and Joses, and at least two daughters.
The name Clopas may be identified with the Aramaic Halphai (Alphaeus), and Cleopas may be regarded as a Greek substitute for it. The wife of Alphaeus was named Mary. There was a Levi and another James, who were called sons of Alphaeus.
James, the son of Joseph, the 'brother of the Lord', was the first bishop of Jerusalem. Martyred A.D.62.
The relationship of Clopas and Symeon is vouched for in the old Jewish Christian tradition preserved by Hegesippus. Symeon became the second bishop of Jerusalem, martyred c. A.D.104-7.
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