[quote=Dan-Man916]Eusebius tries to reconcile the differences between the genealogy accounts in Matthew and in Luke. Matthew gives the genealogy of Christ by nature (meaning generation and uses the verbage “became the father of”), and Luke gives the genealogy on account of the law (Luke uses the verbage “son of”). In Israel one can be a Father through the law (son of) as well as through generation(became the Father of). For instance, in the 2 genealogies, Joseph is seen to have two Fathers.
In Eusebius, Book 1 chapter 7, it says about the genealogy:
*Thus we shall find the two, Jacob and Eli, although belonging to different families, yet brethren by the same mother. Of these the one, Jacob, when his brother Eli had died childless, took the latter’s wife and begat by her a son Joseph, his own son by nature and in accordance with reason. Wherefore also it is written: `Jacob begat Joseph.’ But according to law he was the son of Eli, for Jacob, being the brother of the latter, raised up seed to him. *
So where this is all going is that Jude is a brother in the flesh in the sense that he is not a brother according to the law, meaning that Jude is the biological Father of Joseph. To say brother in the flesh actually points to Jude’s biological Sonship to Joseph, not to the biological relationship between Jesus and Jude.
You may want to read the full portion of Eusebius book 1 chapter 7 for the full explanation.
Hope that makes sense.
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