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Was Jesus a Good Momma’s Boy?Author of this text: Bernard Katz
Jesus have blood brothers and sisters? Yes he did. Mark, the oldest gospel
spells this out in chapter 6, verse 3: "Is
not this [i.e., Jesus] the carpenter,
the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not
his sisters here with us?"
James mentioned here is supposedly the author of the New Testament book James.
The Thompson Chain-Reference Bible for
one assigns this letter to „James, the Lord's brother."
Mark, the earliest gospel, Jesus is literally the son of Mary by virtue of
normal intercourse with his blood father, Joseph. You will notice that no
mention is made in this gospel of a virgin birth. Instead, according to chapter
1, verse 10, Jesus was adopted by God when Jesus was in his late twenties:
when he [Jesus]
came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens opened and the
Spirit descending upon him like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, 'Thou
art my beloved Son; with thee I am well pleased.'"
Jesus support the family as a good Jewish son was expected to do? Listen to Mark,
chapter 10, verse 19. Jesus says to the man that asks him how he can have
eternal life that, along with other things, he is to "honor his mother and father." Yet, in Mark 10:29-30, Jesus says:
"Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or
mother or father or children or lands, who will not receive a hundredfold now in
this time … and in the age to come eternal life."
anti-family attitude is even stronger ire Luke. In chapter 14, verse 26, Jesus
says: "If anyone comes to me and does
not hate his own father and mother and
wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, even his own life, he cannot be
the answer is „no"; Jesus did not support the family. What did the
family of Jesus think about him?
Mark, chapter 3, verses 21-22, start us off:
his friends .. went out to seize him, for they said, 'He is beside himself....'
He is possessed by Beelzebub, and by the prince of demons he casts out demons.'"
is soon followed by verses 31-34: "And
his mother and brothers came; and standing outside they sent in a message asking
him to come out. And a crowd was sitting about him; and they said to him,
'Your mother and your brothers and your sisters are outside, asking for you.'
And he replied: 'Who are my mother and brothers? Whoever does the will of God
is my brother and sister and mother.'"
interpretation of these verses can be found in the highly reputable Abingdon
Bible Commentary. It says:
3.31-35 and its parallels in Matthew 12:46-50 and Luke 8:19-21: Jesus next
replies to relatives [the commentary says this includes his own blood family; so
Jerusalem Bible, the imprimatur being the
Roman Catholic Church]. The gist of the reply is in the words contained in
verses 34-35. The charge of insanity brought against Jesus by his own loved ones
showed that they had virtually thrust him for the time out of their lives. The
home circle at Nazareth was no longer his for solace and love, but a new circle
of brothers and sisters was being created to which he would now increasingly
turn for consolation and friendship.
conclusion is obvious: Jesus was a son that no Jewish momma could be proud of.
Published in the 2002 September/October issue of the American
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