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Bonosus, bishop of Sardica late 4th century CE, taught that Mary had other children besides Jesus (Christ, Jesus, 01: Survey), 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 decisi…

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van Willigen, Marius A., “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 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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