56Among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee's children.
56 Verse 56. Mary Magdalene] She probably had her name from
Magdala, a village or district in Lower Galilee. See .
Some think she was called Magdalene from magdala, which
signifies a plaiter of hair. See Lightfoot.
Mary the mother of James] She was mother of him called James
the lesser, or junior, who was son of Alpheus or Cleopas-see
; ; ; and she was sister to the holy
virgin. Thus it appears that there were four remarkable Marys
mentioned in the Gospels. 1. MARY the Virgin, wife of JOSEPH. 2.
MARY SALOME, her sister, wife of Cleopas, . 3. MARY
MAGDALENE, or MARY of Magdala; and, 4. MARY, the sister of Martha
and Lazarus, . Though Baronius asserts, and Lightfoot is
of the same opinion, that Mary Magdalene, and Mary, the sister of
Martha and Lazarus, was one and the same person. It is difficult
to ascertain and distinguish these women where their names occur
in the Gospels, so many being called by the name of Mary.
Joses] Several MSS. and versions read Joseph.