One of the claims often used by Christian Apologists for supposedly establishing the apparent historicity of the character Jesus of Nazareth is the mention by Josephus of someone called James who is referred to as the brother of the Lord.
It occurred to me the other day after reading a mention of this – again – that, traditionally Catholics hold that Jesus was an only child and all his supposed brothers and sisters were in fact cousins.
It was then I realised I have never, as far as I am aware, read an article written by a Catholic defending this passage in Josephus!
Of course, if the Catholic perspective is correct then any notion of James being a sibling can be kicked into touch without as much as a by your leave!
And this leaves the Josephus reference high and dry.
As it was the Catholic Church that compiled the bible, I am, therefore, predisposed to take their side and conclude that Jesus was an only child and the James in question was either a cousin, or the term Brother of the Lord merely referred to just another bloke who claimed to be a Jesus Follower.
I know a few Catholics and ex-Catholics graciously visit The Ark’s spot and I would be fascinated to read their take on this issue.