And going on from thence, he saw other two…
had gone but a little way further, (Mark 1:19) he spied two other
persons he was looking for, and had designed to call to the office
of apostleship; and these are also described as "brethren", and by
James, the son of Zebedee, and John his brother.
The Jews make
mention in their writings F8, of one (ydbz rb bqey r) , "R. James,
the son of Zebedee": which Capellus F9 conjectures is the very same
person here mentioned: but the James they speak of as a disciple of
Jesus, they call (hanym bqey) , "James the heretic" F11; who, they say,
was of the village of Secaniah, and sometimes of the village of
Sama. His brother's name was John, who was the Evangelist, as well
as Apostle: these were
in a ship with Zebedee their father.
Men of this name, and sons of
men of this name, were very common among the Jewish Rabbins; but
neither this man, nor his sons, were masters or doctors in Israel; for
such Christ chose not for his apostles. It seems to be the same name
with Zebadiah, (1 Chronicles 27:7) these, with him, were "mending their
nets", which were broken, and needed repairing; and perhaps being
poor, could not afford to buy new ones: this shows their industry and
diligence, and may be a pattern and example to persons, closely to
attend the business of their calling, whilst the providence of God
continues them in it.
And he called them:
from their employment, to follow him, and become
his disciples; and no doubt gave them the same promise and
encouragement he had given the two former.
F8 T. Hieros. Yebamot, fol. 9. 4. & Maaser Sheni, fol. 55. 2. Trumot.
fol. 45. 2. Sheviith. fol. 35. 1. Bereshith Rab. fol. 31. 4. & 36. 2.
F9 Spicilegium in loc.
F11 T. Bab. Megilla, 23. 1. Avoda Zara, fol 17. 1. & 27. 2. & 28. 1.
Cholin. fol. 84. 1. T. Hieros. Sabbat. fol. 14. 4. & Abvoda Zara,
fol. 40. 4. Midrash Kohelet, fol. 62. 4. & 77. 1. Juchasin, fol.