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143 > Page 143 of Four hitherto unpublished gospels : a series of character studies cast in the form of personal memoirs of John the Baptist, Andrew the brother of Simon Peter, Judas Iscariot, James the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.

JAMES My brothers and I were going to Jerusalem to the Feast of Tabernacles, and we made a call on Him. We taunted Him with hiding when His business was to be well known. We tried to goad Him into going to Jerusalem to what we felt sure would be His public humiliation. May God forgive us for our cruelty. He gave us no satisfaction. But toward the end of the feast Hle appeared, and stood preach- ing publicly and courageously. There was an attempt to arrest Him, but the officers of the law heard Him preaching as they struggled through the crowd, and went back to the priests, saying, "Never man spake like this man." I wonder when I remember these things that we did riot become His followers, but we did not. We were angry and jealous and unworthy. How did we come to change It was our mother, Mary, who first was con- vinced. Six months after the Feast of Taber- nacles occurred the Passover, and our mother insisted upon going to Jerusalem. We tried to dissuade her, but it was no use. She said a number of her friends were going and she would be well cared for. So she went with them. There was Salome, the mother of James and John, and Mary, the Magdalene, and a group of others, and as it happened they were all or nearly all of them friends of Jesus. By the 143