For who is your equal in greatness, O dwelling place of God the Word? To whom among all creatures hall I compare you, O Virgin?
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They are brethren by nature, you say. He argued on the basis of his knowledge of the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek languages. Athanasius on the Incarnation. From here, the story details the account of Mary being given to the Temple as a consecrated virgin, and then being pledged to the elderly Joseph as her guardian.
This rather long quote from Jerome serves to show the way in which his argument for the perpetual virginity had changed, and hinged on his understanding of the term brother. Because Athanasius spent so much of his episcopacy in exile, the five exiles have been marked with a shaded background. But it is absurd to suppose that a few Jews were called His brethren when 12 Jerome. Works of unknown date are given in separate charts at the end.