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Re: Matthew 1:25

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  • Mathew B
    Thank you Dr. Thomas and Fr. John for your responces. Re: Mat 1:25 Who are these Brothers ? (Did Jesus have any brothers?) The Greek word for brothers is
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 12, 2002
      Thank you Dr. Thomas and Fr. John for your responces.

      Re: Mat 1:25 Who are these "Brothers"? (Did Jesus have
      any brothers?)

      The Greek word for "brothers" is "adelphos", and is a
      compound word. Adelphos � A + delph . "A" means
      'same' and "delph" means 'womb'. So some Protestants
      argue that these "brothers" of Jesus must be from the
      same womb as Himself and thus are children of Mary,
      His mother.

      However, this is an etymological fallacy. The
      derivation of a word, its etymology, will give you the
      history of a word, but does not necessarily give you
      the correct definition of that word. For example,
      Plato (429-347 BC) in his LAWS XI 924 E for his model
      state: "That brother [ADELPHOS] who is born of the
      same father or of the same mother � " Therefore, the
      word "adelphos" cannot necessarily mean from the same
      womb. Plato also uses the same word to mean
      "kindred� or �relatives."

      In which manner is this word used in reference to
      Jesus Christ? Was it used in terms of its etymological
      meaning or was it used to mean as defined by Plato?
      Let us consider other versus where the word "adelphos"
      is used, and try to understand in what context this
      word is used.

      The phrase "His mother's sister," in John 19.25
      [verse quoted below], is a reference to mother of the
      sons of Zebedee a.k.a Salome, (Mat. 20:20), Luke
      5:10. This is evident when we compare Matthew 27:56,
      Mark 15:40, and John 19:25 [see quotes below]. These
      passages show a consistency whereby each of these
      three Gospels lists all three women at the cross,
      besides the Blessed Virgin Mary.

      However, we know that Mary and Salome were cousins
      (see family tree below). So this is an example of
      "ADELPHOS" (the feminine version of the word in this
      case), being used with a wider definition than just
      children from the same womb.

      Source: (For more detailed explanation please visit)
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