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142 > Page 142 of Four hitherto unpublished gospels : a series of character studies cast in the form of personal memoirs of John the Baptist, Andrew the brother of Simon Peter, Judas Iscariot, James the brother of Jesus / by William E. Barton.

FOUR HITHERTO UNPUBLISHED GOSPELS that He knew too well the meaning of His words when He said that a man's foes should be they of His own household. For thus did Nazareth and His family rej ect Him when He first came home. And that was why He left home forever, and made his residence in Capernaum. Rumours continually came to us of the great work He was doing, but we were incredulous. At length there came a day when we four brothers of His persuaded Mary our mother that it was our duty to go to Capernaum and bring Him home and place Him in a mad-house. For we verily believed that He had gone insane. We could not gain entrance to the house where He was speaking, so we sent word to H-im; but He knew why we had come, and He refused to come out. Nay, it breaks my heart to remem.- ber that we drove Him to the necessity of repudiating us publicly. He declared that He had no brothers and no mother except those who did the will of God. Mary, my mother, went back to Nazareth weeping when she heard this, and we her sons were ashamed that we had ex- posed her to this rebuke; but still we did not love Him, nor believe in Him. After a while we heard that the crowds had left Him, and that He was shunning the society of people. He had withdrawn with His dis- ciples, and was keeping out of popular sight. 142