Cisco Kid said, quote, "In Semitic usage, the terms “brother,”“sister” are applied not only to children of the same parents, but to nephews, nieces, cousins, half-brothers, and half-sisters; cf. Gn 14:16; 29:15; Lv 10:4." End quote.<quoted text>
The question of meaning here would not have arisen but for the faith of the church in Mary’s perpetual virginity.
In Semitic usage, the terms “brother,”“sister” are applied not only to children of the same parents, but to nephews, nieces, cousins, half-brothers, and half-sisters; cf. Gn 14:16; 29:15; Lv 10:4.
But then as reasonable persons we would have to also take into account the tradition that Mary was much younger than Joseph when betrothed.
Given this fact we may contend that Joseph, a widower, brought along some baggage, like a few children.
Since the gospel reports have no account of these "brothers and sisters" following Jesus, it would stand to reason that they must have been doubtful older siblings, otherwise they would have adored such an older brother.
Nice try but if you are able to read give this verse a try. It is very self explanatory. Also, where can I find in the Bible any verse which states Mary was a "perpetual virgin"?
Mark 6:3, "Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him."
Jesus’ brothers are mentioned in several Bible verses. Matthew 12:46, Luke 8:19, and Mark 3:31 say that Jesus’ mother and brothers came to see Him. The Bible tells us that Jesus had four brothers: James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas (Matthew 13:55). The Bible also tells us that Jesus had sisters, but they are not named or numbered (Matthew 13:56). In John 7:1-10, His brothers go on to the festival while Jesus stays behind. In Acts 1:14, His brothers and mother are described as praying with the disciples. Galatians 1:19 mentions that James was Jesus’ brother. The most natural conclusion of these passages is to interpret that Jesus had actual blood half-siblings.
There is absolutely no Biblical text that describes Joseph as a widower. The Bible never says Joseph was previously married or children from a marriage prior to his marriage of Mary.
Cisco Kid said, quote, "Since the gospel reports have no account of these "brothers and sisters" following Jesus, it would stand to reason that they must have been doubtful older siblings, otherwise they would have adored such an older brother." End quote.
More Roman Catholic crap-o-la. Unsubstantiated bologna. The brothers of Jesus did not believe in Him. These brothers were born of Mary from the seed of Joseph. Just like you were born Cisco Kid. No different.
John 7:1-9, 1 "After this Jesus went about in Galilee. He would not go about in Judea, because the Jews were seeking to kill him. 2 Now the Jews' Feast of Booths was at hand. 3 So his brothers said to him,“Leave here and go to Judea, that your disciples also may see the works you are doing. 4 For no one works in secret if he seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, show yourself to the world.” 5 For not even his brothers believed in him. 6 Jesus said to them,“My time has not yet come, but your time is always here. 7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify about it that its works are evil. 8 You go up to the feast. I am not going up to this feast, for my time has not yet fully come.” 9 After saying this, he remained in Galilee."