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Bonosus, bishop of Sardica late 4th century CE, taught that Mary had other children besides Jesus, indicated by the evangelists as “his brothers.” However, church fathers like Ambrose of Milan and Augustine of Hippo neither accepted this teaching of Bonosus nor interpreted Jesus’ brothers in a literal way. The Council of Capua (391 CE) was not willing to make a decision…

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van Willigen, Marten, “Bonosus”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 22 April 2019 <>
First published online: 2018
First print edition: 20180827

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