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Cleophas

(klē`ōfəs), in the New Testament, husband of one of the Marys who stood at the foot of the Cross. This is apparently Mary the mother of St. James the Less, but the father of James the Less is Alphaeus. An explanation is that Cleophas is the Aramaic form and Alphaeus the Greek form of the same name. Some identify CleopasCleopas
, in the New Testament, one of the two who met the risen Jesus on the way to Emmaus. Perhaps the same as Cleophas.
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Following the tradition of the time, Mary then probably married Joseph's brother Clophas and had six more children before he died.
After his martyrdom, tradition has it that he was succeeded by another relative of Jesus, his cousin Simon, son of Clophas and subsequently by the grandsons of Jude--another "brother of the Lord" as if there was a sort of dynastic succession similar to that of the Jewish high priesthood.