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    Did Jesus have fleshly brothers and sisters?

    This is a scriptural commentary submitted by a volunteer or a volunteer translator. It’s not an official view of the 2001 Translation project. We are not a religion and we do not establish doctrine. These commentaries reflect a variety of views and some disagree with each other. Anyone can submit a commentary (see requirements).

    Did Jesus have fleshly brothers and sisters? Yes, we know that he did, because Matthew 12:46-50 make it very clear.

    There we read that while he was indoors speaking, his mother (Mary) and his brothers (James, JoSeph, Simon, and Judas) had been standing outside waiting to talk to him. Further, at Acts 1:14, we read that Jesus’ mother and brothers were present (along with his Apostles) shortly after he ascended to heaven.

    However, were these really Jesus’ fleshly brothers, or could they just be ‘spiritual’ brothers?

    The context provides the answer. Since Jesus’ brothers are mentioned as being there along with his Apostles, his disciples, and his mother (Mary) in the account in Acts, by elimination, these had to be his fleshly (half) brothers, that is, other children of Mary.