3. Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and
of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.
[Is not this the carpenter?] Among other things to be performed by the father
for his son this was one, to bring him up in some art or trade. "It is incumbent on
the father to circumcise his son, to redeem him, to teach him the law, and to teach him
some occupation. R. Judah saith, 'Whosoever teacheth not his son to do some work, is as if
he taught him robbery.'" "R. Meir saith, 'Let a man always endeavour to teach
his son an honest art,'" &c. Joseph instructs and brings up Christ in his
8. And commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a
staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse.
[No scrip.] Concerning the scrip we said somewhat at Matthew 10:10: let
us add this story: "The Rabbins deliver: There is a story of a certain man, whose
sons behaved not themselves well. He stood forth and assigned over his wealth to Jonathan
Ben Uzziel. What did Jonathan Ben Uzziel do? He sold a third part; a third part he
dedicated to holy uses; and a third part he gave back to the sons of the deceased. Shammai
came to him with his staff and with his scrip." The Gloss saith, "He came
to contend with Jonathan, because he had violated the will of the dead." Behold the
vice-president of the Sanhedrim carrying a scrip, in which he laid up victuals for
13. And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and
[Anointed with oil many that were sick.] "The oil, therefore, was
(saith the famous Beza) a symbol of that miraculous power, not a medicament whereby they
cured diseases." But the Jews say, and that truly, such an anointing was
physical, although it did not always obtain its end. But this anointing of the
apostles ever obtained its end: "R. Simeon Ben Eliezer saith, 'R. Meir permitted the
mingling of wine and oil, and to anoint the sick on the sabbath. But when he once
was sick, and we would do the same to him, he permitted it not.'" This story is
recited elsewhere; where for 'R. Simeon Ben Eliezer,' is 'R. Samuel Ben
Eliezer.' Perhaps in the manuscript copy it was written with an abbreviation and thence
came the ambiguity of the name.
Let it be granted such anointing was medicinal, which cannot possibly be denied; and
then there is nothing obscure in the words of James 5:14; "Let the elders of the
church be called, and let the sick man be anointed by them, or by others present, that
their prayers may be joined with the ordinary means."
27. And immediately the king sent an executioner, and commanded his head to be
brought: and he went and beheaded him in the prison,
[An executioner.] So the Targum of Jonathan upon Genesis 39:1; Rab
Speculatoraia. See the Aruch, in the word Speculator.
37. He answered and said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they say unto him,
Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat?
[Two hundred pence.] I. Denarius and zuz are of the same value
among the Rabbins. "The fourth part of a shekel of silver in the Targum is one zuz
of silver. For a shekel of the law was selaa. And so in the Targum, a shekel,
is selaa, and is worth four denarii," or pence.
But now a penny and zuz are the same: "They call pence, in
the language of the Gemara, zuzim."
II. But now two hundred zuzees, or pence, was a sum very famous, and of
very frequent mention. "If one of elder years lay with a woman of less years, or if
one of less years lay with a woman of elder years, or one that is wounded, their portion
is two hundred zuzees." "If one gives another a blow upon the cheek, let
him give him two hundred zuzees." "A woman that is now become a widow, or
dismissed by a divorce, who was married a virgin, let her have for her portion two
Hence, perhaps, is the same number of two hundred pence in the mouth of the
disciples, because it was a most celebrated sum, and of very frequent mention in the
mouths of all.
40. And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties.
[By ranks.] Rank by rank, in Talmudic language. The university of Jabneh
is very frequently celebrated under the name of the vineyard in Jabneh. And R.
Solomon gives the reason; Because the scholars sat there ranks by ranks, like a
vineyard which is planted rank by rank.