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Morrish Bible Dictionary

Mary, Wife of Cleophas

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This name occurs but once, John 19:25 : it is really 'Clopas;' the word 'wife' which is added in the A.V. is probably correct. By comparing together the following passages, Matthew 27:56,61 ; Matthew 28:1 ; Mark 15:40,47 ; Mark 16:1 ; and Luke 24:10 , it appears probable that 'the other Mary,' and 'Mary the mother of James (or James the less) and Joses' allude to the same person, and she may have been the wife of Clopas. In John 19:25 this Mary is said to be the sister of the Lord's mother, if we allow the word 'and' to separate the persons, which is the most obvious sense; and it is natural that as this is the only place where we read of the Lord's mother having a sister, it should say who she was. Thus there would be three Marys mentioned in the verse, and not four. That the Lord's mother should have a sister also called Mary may appear improbable, but the MSS vary, and there may have been a slight difference, as in the two modern names of Mary and Maria.

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Morrish, George. Entry for 'Mary, Wife of Cleophas '. Morrish Bible Dictionary. 1897.

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