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Twins are rife in mythology. The Greeks (and many other peoples in the region) assumed that something very unusual and 'magical' had to have caused such a strange event as the birth of twins, so most of the 'great heros' described as 'sons of gods' are twins. One is mortal and the other is immortal (i.e. the actual son of the god). Castor and Pollux are familiar to most because they adventured together as adults, but Hercules also had a (mortal) twin brother. So it's not surprising that as Christianity was promulgated to the Greek population of the eastern Mediteranean area it started to show signs of syncretism with Greek folklore/myth traditions.

Twins appear even in the Gospels several times. The apostle Thomas 'dydimus' is called 'the twin' (which is what 'didymus' means in Greek) but it's not made clear who he is a twin of. Some speculate he was the twin of Matthew. The apostles James and John are called 'Boanerges' (sons of thunder) by Jesus himself. In the Mediterranean world, the Thunderer = Zeus! The 'Sons of Thunder' are sons of Zeus! This is precisely a reference to the folk tradition that twins result from the intervention of a god, and one is the 'son of the god'. It could have no other meaning for Greeks of that period. It is more than a bit amusing to fund such frank acceptance of Greek pagan folk ways in the 'Christian' Gospel. And then of course there is the 'apocryphal' legend you have run across some traces of that Jesus himself was a twin. Of course. This is the way 'heros' and 'sons of god' are born in the Greek world. He was presented as the son of the Hebrew God, so there grew up a folk tradition (suppressed by the official church of course) that Jesus was one of a pair of twins.

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