Family Time at Christmas

The story of Christmas is intertwined with a bit of family dysfunction.

In our hyper-partisan age, it seems every newspaper and magazine writes columns on dealing with crazy uncles at holiday…

The man we call the Christ had four brothers and at least two sisters. Some Christians believe they were actually first cousins in a close knit family. But they were a family nonetheless. Scripture tells us in Matthew 13:53-57 that Jesus’s brothers were James, Joseph, Simon, and Jude. Keeping with naming conventions of the day, families would name the first son after the father’s father and the second son after the father. This suggests these were Joseph’s children as Joseph’s father was Jacob, which also translates to James, and the convention holds.

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