You bring up a good subject. Here's what I discovered using the Bible itself as reference:
(Mark 6) "Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? Are not His sisters here with us?" And they took offense at Him.
(Matthew 13) "Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not His mother called Mary, and His brothers, James and Joseph and Simon and Judas?
(Acts 1 :14) These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer, along with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.
The Bible does not call Jesus the ONLY son of Mary; it calls Him the FIRSTBORN son. "Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, and did not KNOW HER TILL she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus" (Matthew 1:24-25, emphasis added throughout).
The phrase "know her" is well known in the bible for sexual relations.
"And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD."
Also, Paul calls James "the Lord's brother"(Galatians 1:19). The term used here for "brother," adelphos,means a brother, not a cousin. Paul uses a different Greek word that means "cousin," anepsios,in Colossians 4:10: "Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, with Mark the cousin of Barnabas." So the idea that James was a cousin of Jesus has no biblical basis.
Another line of argument is presented by the Greek Orthodox Church, which also believes in the perpetual virginity of Mary but holds that James was Joseph's son by a supposed previous marriage, making him merely Jesus' stepbrother, having no immediate blood relation. Yet a close blood relation seems implicit in the distinction "brother of Jesus."And again, the idea of children by previous marriage is also contradicted by Matthew 1:24-25, which calls Jesus Mary's firstborn son and states that Joseph "knew her" after Jesus was born.
Corroborating evidence is found in Psalm 69, a psalm written by Israel's King David but widely recognized as messianic in content—prophesying the suffering of Jesus. David prefigures Christ lamenting, "I have become a stranger to my brothers, and an alien to my mother's children" (verse 8)—showing that Jesus' brothers were children of Joseph and Mary, not just of Joseph by a previous marriage.
Moreover, when Joseph fled to Egypt before the massacre of the young boys in Bethlehem, an angel appeared to Joseph and told him,"Arise, take the young Child and His mother; flee to Egypt . . ." (Matthew 2:13). It's apparent that the only ones in that family were Joseph, Mary and Jesus. No other brothers or sisters were there from a supposed previous marriage of Joseph. Jesus was clearly the firstborn son, and later Joseph and Mary had several other sons and daughters.
|James can not be the 'real' brother of Jesus||536||Nephil||12-Mar-04 01:47|
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|Re: James can not be the 'real' brother of Jesus||160||Kboldt||12-Mar-04 16:57|
|Fictional literature||114||ananda||12-Mar-04 18:18|
|Re: Fictional literature||137||David L||12-Mar-04 18:50|
|Re: Fictional literature||160||Nephil||12-Mar-04 20:25|
|Re: Fictional literature||123||ananda||12-Mar-04 23:12|
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|In addtion....||129||Kboldt||12-Mar-04 17:43|
|Re: James can not be the 'real' brother of Jesus||151||Cookiemonsters||12-Mar-04 20:43|
|Re: James can not be the 'real' brother of Jesus||146||Kboldt||12-Mar-04 20:59|