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Morth Mariam Yeldos Aloho, (St. Mary) Part-4

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  • Fr. K.K. John
    Morth Mariam Yeldos Aloho, (St. Mary) Part-4 Let us consider the word, brother. In English language, brothers, stepbrothers, half-brothers, brethren, cousin,
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      Morth Mariam Yeldos Aloho, (St. Mary) Part-4

      Let us consider the word, brother. In English language, brothers,
      stepbrothers, half-brothers, brethren, cousin, etc convey similar
      intimate relatedness or kinship. Male children of the same parents
      are called brothers. When either father or mother is different this
      word is not used instead; words such as stepbrother, half-brother,
      etc are used. Children of uncles or aunts are known as cousins, first
      cousin, second cousin, etc. A priest addresses or blesses his
      congregation by calling, `brethren' which denotes universal
      brotherhood. But neither Hebrew nor Aramaic vernacular of our Lord
      had such numerous words. `Brother' generally and in particular sense
      meant:
      1. Kinsman of the same parents, Gn 27:6.
      2. Kinsman of the same father, Gn 28:2.
      3. Kinsman of the same mother, Jg 8:19.
      4. Man of the same country, Ex 2:11.
      5. Member of the same tribe, 2 Sam 19:12.
      6. An ally, Amos 1:9.
      7. One of a kindred, Num 20:14.
      8. Co-religionist, AA 9:17, Rom 1:3.
      9. Fellow office bearer, Ez 3:2.
      10. Someone of equal rank, 1 K 9:13.
      11. Any member of human race, Mat 7:3-5, Heb 2:17.
      12. Someone greatly loved, Sam 1:26.
      13. A relative, Gn 14:16, Mat 12:46.

      Christian is called brother 160 times in New Testament alone. Nomadic
      tribes, as a custom, called any clan member brother. Jesus gave
      generalized meaning to the word brother, when He said, "Who ever does
      the Will of God is My brother," Mat 12:50, Mk 3:35, Lk 8:21. Brothers
      rather brethren, James, Joses, Simon and Judas mentioned in Mt 13:55
      and Mk 6:3 are, according to Church fathers, sons of Joseph in his
      first marriage. Yet others hold that the sons so mentioned are
      neither of Joseph nor of Mary mother of Jesus, but of a different
      Mary who stood at the foot of the cross. Opinions are conflicting
      yet, no early Church father or none until the dawn of Protestantism
      dared say; Mary had children other than Jesus. Frankly, in my
      opinion, saying that Mary had children other than Jesus is the
      greatest blasphemy and sin one can ever utter or commit. The Nicene
      fathers, after much preponderance said, "Mary was Theotokos or God
      bearer" Had she other children this title would not have been
      conferred on her.

      End of Part 4
      To be continued....
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