Was Jesus born 2002 years ago? Was he born in year zero?
The first year AD was 1 – so, Jesus could not have been born in year zero. The very concept of zero was invented much later.
Numerous historical minutia in the gospels indicate that Jesus must have been born before 4 BC.
For example, He was said to have been born during the reign of King Herod, who died in 4 BC.
Jesus’ mother, Mary, was a virgin before it gave birth to him – and remained a virgin in perpetuity. This is the official (Catholic) doctrine.
But Jesus had brothers and sisters – plenty of siblings.
St. Paul wrote (Galatians 1:18-19):
‘Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days. But of the other apostles saw I none save James the Lord’s brother.”
This very same James is also the son of one, Alpheus! All the brothers of Jesus are the sons of this Alpheus whose wife’s name was … Mary!
“And he [Joseph] knew her [Mary] not until she had brought forth her first-born son…”
First-born meaning there were others who followed (second-born, third-born, etc.)
“Is this not the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And his brethren, James and Joses and Simon and Judas? And his sisters, are they not all with us?”
Mark 6:3 (referring to Jesus):
“Is this not the carpenter, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Judas, and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?”
According to both Matthew and Mark, three women stood by the cross at the crucifixion: Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and of Joses, and the mother of Zebedee’s children (Salome). Salome was Virgin Mary’s sister and, therefore, Jesus’ maternal aunt.
John (an eyewitness to the events) identifies Mary as Jesus’ mother – but distinguishes her from Mary, wife of Alpheus and two other women (for a total of four women rather than three):
“Now there stood by the cross of Jesus (1) his mother, and (2) his mother’s sister, (3) Mary the wife of Cleophas [Alpheus], and (4) Mary Magdalene.”
Mary, wife of Alpheus, could not have been the sister of the Virgin Mary, as the Church would have us believe. In Jewish families, two sisters cannot share the same name.
John implies that Mary, mother of Jesus was not the wife of Alpheus, father of James and Joses, and Judas, and Simon, who are identified as the brothers of Jesus by all the other gospels!
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Sam Vaknin ( samvak.tripod.com ) is the author of Malignant Self Love – Narcissism Revisited and After the Rain – How the West Lost the East. He served as a columnist for Global Politician, Central Europe Review, PopMatters, Bellaonline, and eBookWeb, a United Press International (UPI) Senior Business Correspondent, and the editor of mental health and Central East Europe categories in The Open Directory and Suite101.
Until recently, he served as the Economic Advisor to the Government of Macedonia.
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