In the first chapter of Matthew we see the genealogy of Jesus. Jesus, son of Mary, was a descendant of David, who ultimately was a descendant of Abraham. Here is the first seventeen verses:
1 This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham:
2 Abraham was the father of Isaac,
Isaac the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,
3 Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar,
Perez the father of Hezron,
Hezron the father of Ram,
4 Ram the father of Amminadab,
Amminadab the father of Nahshon,
Nahshon the father of Salmon,
5 Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab,
Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth,
Obed the father of Jesse,
6 and Jesse the father of King David.
David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah's wife,
7 Solomon the father of Rehoboam,
Rehoboam the father of Abijah,
Abijah the father of Asa,
8 Asa the father of Jehoshaphat,
Jehoshaphat the father of Jehoram,
Jehoram the father of Uzziah,
9 Uzziah the father of Jotham,
Jotham the father of Ahaz,
Ahaz the father of Hezekiah,
10 Hezekiah the father of Manasseh,
Manasseh the father of Amon,
Amon the father of Josiah,
11 and Josiah the father of Jeconiah[c] and his brothers at the time of the exile to Babylon.
12 After the exile to Babylon:
Jeconiah was the father of Shealtiel,
Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
13 Zerubbabel the father of Abihud,
Abihud the father of Eliakim,
Eliakim the father of Azor,
14 Azor the father of Zadok,
Zadok the father of Akim,
Akim the father of Elihud,
15 Elihud the father of Eleazar,
Eleazar the father of Matthan,
Matthan the father of Jacob,
16 and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and Mary was the mother of Jesus who is called the Messiah.
17 Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Messiah.
I put the last part in bold because it answers your question very clearly.
Although, Jesus' half brother by Mary was named James. He was not an apostle. If you look at the beginning of the book of James, they explain it there. Also Matthew 10:2-4 gives out the names and explain their association within their family. and neither of the two James that were mention is kin to Jesus.
They were cousins. However the Greek word used was 'syngenis' which literally translates to 'relative'. so they were of 'kin' but not necessarily first cousins. according to the word used to relate them in the scriptures, they could have been first cousins or even fourth cousins, it wouldn't matter. The important thing was that they were related.
Kin in the parlance of Jesus Christ's earthly ties, as to his family and relatives: Father: Joseph, born circa 92 BC, died circa AD 19. Mother: Mary, born circa 16 BC, died circa AD 61. Paternal Grandfather: Jacob . Paternal Grandmother: [needs completing] Maternal Grandfather: Joachim . Maternal Grandmother: Anna . Paternal Uncle: Clopas . Maternal Aunt: Mary. Brothers: Justus (or Joseph), Simeon, James, Judas dubbed Joses. Sisters: Assia, Lydia . Cousins: Alphaeus, Simeon . Relationships explanatory : Parents: Mary was dedicated to the Temple, where she resolved to worship God in chastity all her life - and remain a virgin . An arrangement was made so that she could keep her vow, and Joseph was entrusted to be betrothed as her guardian . Joseph was therefore his foster father . Paternal Uncle: Clopas - step uncle, was the father of Alphaeus and Simeon . Maternal Aunt: Mary, she was given the same name as her sister, for the consolation of Joachim and Anna, who had dedicated at age three, the firstborn Mary to the Temple . Brothers: Justus (or Joseph) and Simeon, were natural sons of widower Joseph, and stepsons of Mary, and therefore stepbrothers of Jesus . They were a lot older, and had homes and families of their own . Brothers: James and Judas were foster/redeemed sons of Joseph, and foster sons of Mary, and therefore foster brothers of Jesus . They were the grandnephews of Joseph, who fostered/redeemed them when his nephew Alphaeus became widowed . Sisters: Assia and Lydia were the natural daughters of widower Joseph, and stepdaughters of Mary, and were therefore stepsisters of Jesus . They were a lot older, and had families and homes of their own . Cousins: Alphaeus and Simeon were the sons of Clopas, and so therefore were the step cousins of Jesus . Widower Alphaeus married Mary, Jesus' maternal aunt in the years following the death of Mary, his first wife, birth mother of his sons James and Judas dubbed Joses, (see Nativity Gospels for Joses). She then became principle mother of James and Judas . She became known as Mary of Clopas to differentiate in recordings between her and her sister, and between her and Alphaeus' first wife, Mary of Alphaeus. Simeon was the second Bishop of Jerusalem . Extended family relationships: Deut 13:6: The mother of your brother is your mother and suchlike . Hence, e.g. i. Mary of Clopas could be noted as the mother of James and the Joses dubbed for Justus (or Joseph) from the lists of Jesus' kin, although this is overridden by Judas dubbed Joses at Mark 15:40/47. Hence, e.g. ii. James the son of Alphaeus, the son of the Virgin Mary, became the brother of John the son of Zebedee, for Jesus instructed John to behave as the son of the Virgin Mary, although this is overridden when exacted that they are milk-kin - and so when accorded James brother of John is seen in that light. Ref: The History of Joseph the Carpenter. Nativity Gospels. Assumption Gospels. Lament of the Virgin. Matt 13:55. Mark 6:3. Mark 15:40. Matt 27:56. Mark 15:47. Hegesippas for Clopas .
If you are speaking of the relative or relatives entitled to share in your property if you die intestate (without a will) then if you are unmarried your parents are your next of kin. If they were deceased then your sister would be your next of kin. In another sense they are all your next of kin. See related question link.
The children would be the next-of-kin, or more correctly his heirs at law, for purposes of inheritance. The mother would be next-of-kin if he was unmarried and childless. If he was seriously injured and cannot speak for himself and the children are minors his mother would likely be considered his next of kin. She would be favored by the court for appointment as his guardian. He may list either as beneficiaries of his property (estate) in his will, and it can be contested by either party in probate court. See related question.
Answer:James brother of Jesus had three mothers , each in Anglicized terms, had the name Mary. The three are Mary of Alphaeus, Mary of Joachim, and Mary of Clopas. In chronological order, Mary of Alphaeus was birth mother, Mary of Joachim was foster/redeemer mother, and Mary of Clopas was step mother.1. Mary of Alphaeus:Mary was the first wife of Alphaeus and was the birth mother of his sons, James and Judas, with Judas being dubbed Joses - as per excerpts from Infancy Gospels such as The History of the Blessed Mary, The Arabic Infancy Gospel, First Infancy Gospel of Joseph the High Priest, etc.She died circa 2 BC.2. Mary of Joachim:The Virgin Mary was the daughter of Joachim and Anna, and was the foster/redeemer mother of James and Judas. During her betrothal time to Joseph, she found James brokenhearted in Joseph's nephew Alphaeus' house after the recent loss of his mother Mary, and so she took care of him.The younger Judas during that time, was probably not weened, and so would have been placed with Joseph's adult children or clan, those who with babies could provide breast milk until he was weened and could join his brother.James and Judas were fostered/redeemed by Joseph and Mary, perhaps in lieu of debts or tax owed by Alphaeus, or he was just unable to provide care for them. James as one of Joseph's sons, is recorded as being enrolled with Joseph, Mary and Jesus, at Bethlehem.History of Joseph the Carpenter; Nativity Gospels.3. Mary of Clopas:Mary of Clopas, was the second wife of Alphaeus and the step-mother of James and Judas, who after sojourning with Joseph and Mary as redeemed sons would have been released to Alphaeus after the sixth year - see Deuteronomy 15:12.She was the daughter-in-law of Clopas. He was the brother of Joseph, and so was the supposed paternal uncle of Jesus Christ, attributed to by the early recorder Hegesippus.Mary was the younger sister of the Virgin Mary. Her sister The Virgin Mary was kept in the care of the temple from age three until betrothal, a custom of the law, where she devoted her life to God, and for solace her parents gave the same name Mary to their second born daughter, who was home with them.Alphaeus was the son of Clopas, and in the following years after he became a widower, married Mary, the second born daughter of Joachim and Anna.This Mary took the name Mary of Clopas, to differentiate in recordings between her sister and Alphaeus' first wife.She is marked in Holy Scripture as mother of James and Joses, the dubbed name of Judas, Mark 15:40, Mark 15:47; and noted as the other Mary, Matthew 28:1 etc.Joses is indentured by translators in place of Justus,(see History of Joseph the Carpenter) in lists pertaining to the kin of Jesus Christ, (see Matthew 13:55,Mark 6:3).Judas dubbed as Joses overrides Justus dubbed as Joses when concerning Mary of Clopas marked at Mark 15:40 and Mark 15:47.
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