Recently, I read John 19: 26-27 “When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, 'Dear woman, here is your son,' and to the disciple, 'Here is your mother.' From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.” I complained to Jon and said see, Mary had John, Jesus’ half-brother, as I had always been taught in scripture. But please, hear me out on this, because we DUG into scripture. I’ve never done something like this before…
Here’s the scriptures we found, and they’re all written out at the bottomw of this entry in case you want to cross reference and check what I mean…
Mark 15:40, 16:1
So, when you sit down and figure it out, here’s the details:
Zebedee had sons named James and John … it is thought that Mary’s sister (Mary, the mother of God), Joanna, is his wife. (I’m uncertain about her name and the 2 of them being married… that’s historical stuff, not Bible stuff but it doesn’t really matter here)
Mary, wife of Clophas, has James, Joses, and Solome
James (son of Mary and Clophas), the younger, had son Judas- James and Judas are both disciples
Some believe that Alphaeus is Clophas, therefore there’s only 2 James we know of in the Bible
All this to say, the John mentioned in John 19:26-27 is not Mary’s son/Jesus’ brother, rather the son of Zebedee who is believed to be married to Joanna, Mother Mary's sister... Therefore, John and Jesus would be cousins in today's sense of the word.
Two things need to be known. First, there was no word for “cousin” during Bible times. Instead, they used the term “brother” to mean anyone related, such as brother or cousin. Second of all, in this passage in John 19, God is giving John, his beloved disciple whom he is closest with, care of his mother. She’s his spiritual mother if you will and she needs to be taken care of. Okay, so this is proof that the Bible does not mention Mary having sons or Jesus’ real brothers, like we refer to brothers.
Now, as for Mary’s viginity, that’s another issue all together. However, during those times, Mary was given to Joseph because she was sanctified for the Lord, if you will, to do His work. She was given to Joseph for him to take her on and care for her and look after her, not in the meaning of a marriage like today.
So was she a virgin? Well, there’s no evidence to say she wasn’t in the Bible. Now, is she perfect? I’m not sure… something I’m still getting at. But here’s something. Are you familiar with the “Hail Mary” from the Catholic faith? Where does it come from? The first part, which says “Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.” comes from Luke 1:28 and Luke 1:42. (“And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women… And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.”) It says 'full of grace' and that she is blessed among women. Yes, that blessed could be argued that she was blessed because she got to carry Jesus, but full of grace means without sin, doesn't it?
The second half of the Hail Mary prayer, “Hail Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen” comes from a papyrus that was discovered in the 12th century and dates back to the 3rd century. An interesting fact here is that Christianity was not legalized until the 4th century so they were praying to Mary prior to it even being legal.
Anyway, I think that’s plenty about Mary for now…I may have more down the road…
Matt 27:56 “Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee's sons.”
Matt. 10:2 “These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus (also known as Judas in other gospel books); Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.”
Mark 15:40 “Some women were watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome.”
John 19:25 “Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.”
May 31, 2006 12:51 PM PDT
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
you can never once say mary was perfect and sinless. To say that you are saying she is equal to God. Romans shows no one was sinless but Jesus. he was the "spotless lamb" there were not 2 spotless people.
"and kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he called His name Jesus."
that verse right there shows she was not a virgin no matter what aruements about brothers there are.
There were 4 James' in the bible.
1. James son of Zebedee John's brother and apostle.
2. James son of Alphaeus another apostle.
3. James the Lords brother.
4. Judas' Father- but he's not important only the traitors father
And no those Acts scritpures are not James the son of Zebedee because he was killed in Acts. 12:2. Also the matt. and mark scriptures show that when he was in his hometown the people named his father, mother brothers and sisters showing that this isn't the case where "brothers" is used as an all inclusive word for all family. Because if you use the arguement that it's james son of zebedee as his cousin then why isn't John mentioned?
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