Did Jesus Christ have brothers or sisters?

What does the Bible say about Mary being a perpetual virgin? How many siblings did Christ have?


Yes, the Bible says Jesus Christ had brothers and sisters. When the Jews of Jesus' hometown heard Him speak, they were indignant. Matthew records their contempt for Him, born of familiarity: "Is this not the carpenter's son? Is not His mother called Mary? And His brothers James, Joses, Simon, and Judas? And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this Man get all these things?" (Matthew:13:55-56).

Jesus Christ: The Real Story Jesus' neighbors knew His family intimately. From their comments, we know that Mary had four other sons and at least two daughters (because the Bible says "sisters" instead of "sister," we know there were at least two). This also shows that Mary was not a "perpetual virgin."

For more information, please read our Bible study aid Jesus Christ: The Real Story .

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