Tuesday, March 4, 2014

NT Pod 73: Who were Jesus' brothers & sisters?

NT Pod 73 asks "Who were Jesus' brothers and sisters?"  It is about 15 minutes long.

NT Pod 73: Who were Jesus' brothers and sisters? (mp3)

Key texts: Mark 3.31-35, Mark 6.3, 1 Cor. 9.5, 1 Cor. 15.7, Gal. 1-2

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Thanks to Ram2000, "Me and You", for the opening theme, released under a Creative Commons agreement.


  1. Is it beyond the bounds of possibility that some of Jesus' siblings were sons of Mary by a different father? who is Clopas/Alphaeus? Is there a reason to rule out the possibility of Mary remarrying after the death of Joseph? I think this could have a lot of explanatory power (for instance, it could explain why James is called the son of Alphaeus), but it seems to go unexplored, and I think it;s only theological squeamishness that prevents it. Does Mary, historically, really have to have been so pristine that she couldn't have had more than one husband?

  2. If I recall correctly, there are *four* characters in the gospels called Judas (or the unromanised version, Jude). Some could be one character split into...and one of them is a sibling of Jesus.

    So I'm wondering if this is a fragment of a lost tradition that Jesus was betrayed...by his own brother.

    There's also Judas called Thomas Didymus, indicating that he's someone's twin. The Gospel of Thomas explicitly says he is the identical twin brother of Jesus. So...a good twin betrayed by an evil twin? Did that exist as a literary trope when the gospels were written?