Did Mary have any other children beside Jesus?

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Mary mother of Jesus

The Bible states that Jesus had brothers and sisters: “While He was still talking to the multitudes, behold, His mother and brothers stood outside, seeking to speak with Him” (Matthew 12:45); “angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son” (Matthew 1:24, 25). This verse is clearly against the Roman Catholic tradition of Mary’s perpetual virginity.

Some Catholics, in defense for the tradition of the perpetual virginity of Mary, teach that these “brothers” were Jesus’ cousins. However, in each instance, the specific Greek word for “brother” is used. There was a Greek word for “cousin,” but it was not used in the Bible to refer to Jesus’ brothers.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team


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