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Submitted by Gregory Oatis

The controversy about Jesus' 'brothers' and Mary's 'until' is not difficult to settle if you have the pertinent verses at hand. Here are some of them:

THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF VERSES IN WHICH THE WORD 'UNTIL' IS USED TO DENOTE THE COMPLETION OF A CONDITIONAL PHRASE, BUT DOES NOT IMPART OR IMPLY ANY MEANING TO THE PERIOD OF TIME FOLLOWING THAT COMPLETION.


Study your Bible, always seeking the full Truth. Mt. 1: 25 -- "...no relations until she bore a son..." This is the problematic verse that is often cited as refutation of Mary's virginity. However, "until" does not imply that anything changes after she bore a son, as is clear in these verses:

Study your Bible, seeking His Inspiration. 1 Cor. 15: 25 -- "...must reign until he puts his enemies under his feet."
Clearly, Jesus reigns after that as well.

Study your Bible, seeking His Wisdom. 2 Sam 6: 23 -- Micah said to be childless "until" the day of her death;
obviously she remained childless after her death as well.

Study your Bible, praying for the guideance of the Holy Spirit. Dt. 34: 6 -- "...but to this day no one knows the place of his burial..."
They still don't, of course.

Yes, the book of Macabees was accepted as Scripture by Christians, until the 'Protestant Reformation,' when some 'removed' it from their bibles.  The original KJV included this book. 1 Mac. 5: 53 -- "Judas kept... encouraging the people the whole way, until he reached the land of Judah."
Presumably his encouragement continued in his homeland as well.

Study your Bible, seeking His way of peace. John 5: 9-18 -- "...Jesus answered them, 'My Father is at work until now, so I am at work.'"
The Father certainly didn't stop working.

THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF VERSES WHICH DEAL WITH JESUS' 'BROTHERS.' NOTE THAT THE WORD IS USED TO REFER TO INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE NOT BORN OF THE SAME MOTHER. IN FACT, SOMETIMES PERSONS SAID TO BE 'BROTHERS' ARE NOT EVEN BLOOD RELATIVES.


Study your Bible, seeking His wisdom. Mk. 6: 3 -- Most of the dispute regarding Mary's virginity stems from liberties taken with this verse: "Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary, and the brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon?" The misunderstanding is exacerbated by the fact that the mother of James and Joses is also named Mary:

Study your Bible, seeking religious truths, even if they challenge our preconceived notions. Mt. 27: 56 -- "There were many women there, looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to him. Among them were Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Joses..." Clearly, however, this Mary is not Jesus' mother, since the evangelist would not have failed to identify her as such on Calvary. As is evident as well in the following passage:

Study your Bible, seeking to our Heavenly Father's will. Mk. 15: 40 -- "There were also women looking on from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of the younger James and of Joses, and Salome. These women had followed him when he was in Galilee and ministered to him." Again, the fact that this Mary is not Jesus' mother is quite clear.

Study your Bible, seeking His wisdom. Lk. 6: 15-16 -- This verse clarifies the matter further, since the 'younger James' spoken of in the passage above is said to be "the son of Alphaeus" -- not Joseph.

Study your Bible, seeking to our Heavenly Father's will. Mt. 10: 3 -- Again, James is listed as "the son of Alphaeus."

Study your Bible, seeking His wisdom. Jn. 19: 25 -- John identifies this additional Mary at the cross as, "...his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas..." So apparently both Mary's -- Jesus' mother and the mother of James and Joses -- were close blood relatives. This is an important clue about the Mk. 6: 3 verse, above, which lists James and Joses as Jesus' "brothers." Close blood relatives -- including cousins and nephews -- were frequently called "brothers." (See the elaboration on the Biblical usage of the word, "brother," in the passages below.)

A remaining objection to this scenario is, of course, the question of why James and Joses are identified as sons of Alphaeus, while their mother is said to be the wife of Clopas. Two possibilities exist: Either the mother of James and Joses re-married Clopas after the father of her sons died, or Alphaeus and Clopas were the same individual -- since men in Hebrew society were at times known by more than one name (e.g., Jacob and Israel; Paul and Saul, etc.)

Study your Bible, seeking His joy! 2 Sam. 1: 26 -- "I grieve for you Jonathan, my brother!"
Jonathan was not David's 'brother' in the sense of having the same parents.

Study your Bible, seeking lessons to help us live properly in this life 1 Kings 9: 13 -- Hiram refers to Solomon as brother. As in the previous example, they are not 'brothers' as we mean the word.

Study your Bible, seeking His grace. 1 Kings 20: 13 -- Ahab calls Ben-hadad brother.

Study your Bible, seeking to imitate Jesus. Amos 1: 9 -- "...pact of brotherhood..."
Even allies of no blood relation were referred to as brothers.

Moreover, in ancient Israel, it was disrespectful to the point of scandal for younger brothers to advise older brothers in even the most respectful terms. But Jesus' "brothers" do advise him -- most irreverently in fact:

Study your Bible, seeking the Faith held by the early Christians. John 7: 3-4 -- "So His brothers said to Him, "Leave here..."

Study your Bible, and follow Him, even it it means the criticism of others. Mk. 3: 21 -- "...they said, 'He is out of His mind...'"

It's clear that, if these were Jesus' birth brothers, they must have been older. But Scripture is absolutely explicit that Jesus was firstborn.

To give credit where credit is exceedingly due, most or all of these verses were taken from Tim Staples' excellent 12- tape apologetics course.


Humbly offered,

-- Gregory Oatis

Our thanks to Gregory Oatis for sharing these verses with us! We'd like to encourage you to write him, and thank him for providing these eye-opening Scripture passages.

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