Jesus had Brothers and Sisters
A certain church has a dogma of the perpetual virginity of Mary, but we glean from the Bible that this fantasised notion is not true. We note in Matthew 1:25 the term "knew her not" which is a Jewish idiom for sexual intercourse between a man and a woman as we see also in "And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD." (Gen 4:1 AV) also in Gen 4:25 This means that Joseph did not have sexual intercourse with Mary before the birth of Jesus, BUT it clearly states that he had intercourse with her afterwards, for the verse continues with "till".
So, Scripture itself debunks the notion that Mary was a perpetual Virgin, never having had sexual intercourse. Again pagan echoes of the virgin goddess Diana at work in the Roman Catholics beliefs.
20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, you son of David, fear not to take to you Mary your wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. 21 And she shall bring forth a son, and you shall call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. 22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. 24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took to him his wife: 25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS. (Mat 1:20-25)
Indeed, not only Mary gave birth to Jesus, i.e. broken hymen thus no more virgin, but she also gave birth to at least other 6 children (not fathered by the Holy Ghost but by Joseph her husband) for they are named in: "Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him." (Mar 6:3) The four brothers of Jesus are clearly named and unnamed sisters, which must have been at least two, given the plural. The fantastic dogma of this church says that these are cousins, not brothers.
In ALL the verses below the reference to "brothers" in the Greek is "adelphos" e.g. "a brother, whether born of the same two parents or only of the same father or mother " and not cousins, but they present this interpretation as correct and true so to maintain the dogma of Mary's perpetual virginity.
4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) 5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. 6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. (Luk 2:4-7)
54 And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, From where has this man this wisdom, and these mighty works? 55 Is not this the carpenters son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brothers, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? 56 And his sisters, are they not all with us? From where then has this man all these things? 57 And they were offended in him. But Jesus said to them, A prophet is not without honor, save in his own country, and in his own house. 58 And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief. (Mat 13:54-58)
11 This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him. 12 Ά After this he went down to Capernaum, he, and his mother, and his brothers, and his disciples: and they continued there not many days. (Joh 2:11-12)
3 His brothers therefore said to him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that your disciples also may see the works that you do. 4 For there is no man that does any thing in secret, and he himself seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, show yourself to the world. 5 For neither did his brothers believe in him. (Joh 7:3-5)
46 While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brothers stood without, desiring to speak with him. 47 Then one said to him, Behold, your mother and your brothers stand without, desiring to speak with you. 48 But he answered and said to him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brothers? 49 And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brothers! 50 For whoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother. (Mat 12:46-50)
Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him. (Mar 6:3 )
31 There came then his brothers and his mother, and, standing without, sent to him, calling him. 32 And the multitude sat about him, and they said to him, Behold, your mother and your brothers without seek for you. 33 And he answered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my brothers? 34 And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, Behold my mother and my brothers! 35 For whoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother. (Mar 3:31-35)
19 Then came to him his mother and his brothers, and could not come at him for the press. 20 And it was told him by certain which said, Your mother and your brothers stand without, desiring to see you. 21 And he answered and said to them, My mother and my brothers are these which hear the word of God, and do it. (Luk 8:19-21)
But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lords brother. (Gal 1:19)
James was the oldest half-brother of Jesus Christ (Mat 13:55; Mar 6:3; Gal 1:19). James did not believe in Jesus during His earthly ministry (Joh 7:5), but after witnessing Christ's appearance following His resurrection (1Co 15:7), he became a believer. He was among those who assembled together after the ascension of Jesus Christ to heaven (Act 1:14) and on whom the Holy Spirit was poured out on the day of Pentecost (Act 2:14). Later he became a leader of the church in Jerusalem (Act 12:17; 15:1321; Gal 1:19) and was regarded as one of the pillars of the Christian Church (Gal 2:9). He is the author of the Epistle of James (Jam 1:1) of the New Testament. Some suggest that this book was written around AD 46, others believe it was written shortly before James' martyrdom in AD 62.
James was martyred in AD 62. The story of his martyrdom can be found in Eusebius of Caesarea's work, Church History (AD 325), Book II, Chapter 23: The Martyrdom of James, who was called the Brother of the Lord