Typical Jewish families did not bear and raise the Incarnate Word of God.<quoted text>"Isn't this the carpenter's son? Isn't Mary known to be his mother and James,Joseph,Simon, and Judas his brothers?Aren't his sisters our neighbors? Where did he get all this?" MATTHEW 13:55-56. Pages1157-58 NEW AMERICAN C a t h o l i c Bible.
"Is this not the carpenter, the son of Mary,a brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? Are not his sisters our neighbors here? They found him too much for them." MARK 6:3. Page 1187 New American Bible,Catholic Edition.
"I did not meet anyother apostles except JAMES the brother of the Lord." Galatians 1:19.Page 1370 New American Catholic edition.
"For not even His brothers believed in H i m."John 7:5 New King James.
"(As a matter of fact, not even his brothers had much confidence in him.) John 7:5. Page 1256 New American Bible Catholic Edition.
According to the Catholic scholars who are so willing to interpret all of these Scriptures to you,the brothers and sisters are either COUSINS,or the children of a former marriage of Joseph,which is pure speculation.
If one would read the Scriptures I quoted here without the Catholic interpretation,they would easily assume that Joseph and Mary had other children between each other as Man(Husband) and Woman(Wife). There are no explanations in the whole of the New Testament that would clarify for us in fact that the brothers of Jesus mentioned above and his sisters,were C o u s i n s, and or from a former marriage,which by the way was never established by the whole of Christian theology to this very day.
In other words there is no dogma or doctrine that was established to the historical validity of Joseph being married before he eventually married M a r y. The former Orthodox John from NJ argued with me one time that Joseph and Mary were never in fact married.But we do see in Scripture that Joseph is called Mary's husband and Mary is called Joseph's wife.We know as well that scandal would be quite obvious if in fact Joseph and Mary were never married.EVEN if there was no mention in Scripture of other sons and daughters,JESUS being the Son of Mary would be found a Bastard if Joseph in fact was never married to M a r y.
The typical Jewish family as having the roots of HEBREW customs and culture,were encouraged to have as many children as they could bear.It sounds like Joseph and Mary were typical Jewish parents who not only had Jesus as their s o n,but continued to be a family with the normal passions of bringing other sons in Israel along with daughters.BUT for your Catholic scholars and very traditional mindset concerning Mary,we would normally assume that Mary in fact did not remain a Virgin her whole life,but as a wife to Joseph bore him children,who are listed both in Luke's gospel and Mark's as well.You Regina along with your Catholic entourage can only speculate and dogmatically contend for the Ever-Virginity of Mary,the Scriptures do not support the ever-Virginity of Mary whatsoever.
ALL of your protestants ancestors agreed with the Catholic Church.