Did Jesus have brothers and sisters?

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Article Scripture and Theology
For centuries theologians have debated whether or not Jesus had any siblings. But what does scripture say about his complicated family tree?

The only child often gets a bad rap. Stereotyped as entitled and self-important, people who grow up without siblings aren’t always looked upon favorably—especially by those of us with at least a sibling or two. Jesus may have acted like an only child at times in the gospels, but all of the four evangelists make some mention of his brothers and sisters.