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The ‘Lord's brethren’ referred to in the NT may have been: (1) sons of the BVM and Joseph, born after Christ; (2) according to St Jerome, sons of Mary, ‘the mother of James and Joses’ (Mk. 15: 40), whom he identified with the wife of Clopas and sister of the BVM; (3) sons of Joseph by a former marriage (so the E. Church); or (4) sons of Mary, ‘the mother of James and Joses’ (not identified with the sister of the BVM) and Clopas, who was perhaps the brother of Joseph.

(1) sons of the BVM and Joseph, born after Christ; (2) according to St Jerome, sons of Mary, ‘the mother of James and Joses’ (Mk. 15: 40), whom he identified with the wife of Clopas and sister of the BVM; (3) sons of Joseph by a former marriage (so the E. Church); or (4) sons of Mary, ‘the mother of James and Joses’ (not identified with the sister of the BVM) and Clopas, who was perhaps the brother of Joseph.

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