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Ossuary of James brother of Jesus found?


Check out the following article in the current issue of Christianity Today which can be accessed at -

Note in the article of this predominately Protestant magazine James is listed as the YOUNGER brother of Jesus.  Also reference is made to -

Matthew:  13:55-56 which indicate that Jesus had four younger brothers and sisters.  

I know that I have always been taught, and also believe that these so called brothers and sisters were in fact step brothers and sisters from Joseph's first marriage.  Which makes the makes the assertion that James was a younger brother quite disturbing.  Any comments?


Well, even Protestants can't weasel their way around the fact that Christ was Mary's firstborn.  In their mind, the only way James could be a natural brother of our Lord would be for him to be a younger brother.

Of course, they have it wrong.  Jesus was Mary's one and only son.

There are quite a few gems of journalism in that article, especially the one about the identity of James according to Protestant scholars.  The first sentence of that paragraph makes no sense.


--- Quote --- 55 Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?   56 And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things?
--- End quote ---

The verse in Matthew doesn't say anything about the "brothers" and "sisters" being younger.  That is an assumption made by the Protestants since they think Joseph and Mary had sex and other children.  There isn't any evidence, biblical or non-biblical, that any of the "brothers" or "sisters" are the children of Mary.


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