Saturday, July 7, 2012

Mark 6:1-6 Did Jesus have Brothers and Sisters?

Jesus departed from there and came to his native place, accompanied by his disciples.
When the sabbath came he began to teach in the synagogue,
and many who heard him were astonished.
They said, "Where did this man get all this?
What kind of wisdom has been given him?
What mighty deeds are wrought by his hands!
Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary,
and the brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon?
And are not his sisters here with us?"
And they took offense at him.
Jesus said to them,
"A prophet is not without honor except in his native place
and among his own kin and in his own house."
So he was not able to perform any mighty deed there,
apart from curing a few sick people by laying his hands on them.
He was amazed at their lack of faith.

In this passage we see the possibility that Jesus had sisters.  According to some protestant theologians Jesus had brothers and sisters because Mary had children after Jesus. In the Catholic tradition, Jesus is an only child and the reference to brothers and sisters is reference to extended kin, such as cousins. Without more primary sources referencing the relationship between Jesus and his family, this will continue to be a mystery.

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