Family Connections in the Bible

Family Connections (or How I Spent My Sunday Morning)
By Randy Carson

If you see anything that you think I have listed incorrectly, please let me know. Thanks.

Matthan/Matthat
(First?) Husband of Estha
Father of Jacob
Biological Grandfather of Joseph
Great Grandfather of Jesus

Melchi
(Second?) Husband of Estha
Father of Heli/Eli
Legal Grandfather of Joseph
Great Grandfather of Jesus

Jacob
Husband of unnamed wife
Biological Father of Joseph
Biological Grandfather of Jesus

Eli
Husband of unnamed wife
Legal father of Joseph
Legal Grandfather of Jesus

Joseph
Biological son of Jacob
Legal son of Heli/Eli (who died childless)
Brother of Clopas/Alphaeus
Legal Father of Jesus

Mary
Daughter of Joachim and Anne
Wife of Joseph
Mother of Jesus
Sister-in-law of Clopas and Mary of Clopas
Aunt of James the Lesser, Joses, Simon, Jude, and Mary Salome
Aunt of James the Greater and John

Clopas/Alpheus
Son of **Jacob **and unnamed mother
Brother of Joseph
Father of James the Lesser, Joses, Simon, and Jude
Grandfather of James the Greater and John
Uncle of Jesus

Mary of Clopas
Wife of Clopas/Alpheus
Sister-in-law of Mary
Mother of James the Lesser, Joses, Simon, Jude, and Mary Salome
Grandmother of James the Greater and John
Aunt of Jesus

Mary Salome of Zebedee
Wife of Zebedee
Mother of Apostles James the Greater and John
Niece of Joseph and Mary
Cousin of Jesus

James the Greater
Apostle
Son of Zebedee and Salome
Brother of John
Second Cousin of Jesus
A “son of thunder”
Martyred in 42 AD by Herod (Acts 12)

John
Apostle
Son of Zebedee and Mary Salome
Brother of **James the Greater **
Great nephew of Joseph and Mary
Second Cousin of Jesus
A “son of thunder”, Jesus’ “beloved disciple”
Author of John, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Revelation

James the Lesser/Younger/Just
Son of Alpheus/Clopas and Mary of Clopas
Brother of Joseph, Simon, Jude, and Mary Salome
First cousin of Jesus
“Brother of the Lord” (Mt 13:55, Mk 6:3, Gal. 2:19)
Bishop of Jerusalem (Acts 15)

Joses/Joseph/Joseph Barsabbas
Son of Alpheus/Clopas and Mary of Clopas
Brother of James, Simon, Jude, and Mary Salome
First cousin of Jesus
“Brother of the Lord” (Mt 13:55, Mk 6:3)

Jude/Thaddeus
Son of Alpheus/Clopas and Mary of Clopas
Brother of James the Lesser, Joseph, Simon, and Mary Salome
First cousin of Jesus
“Brother of the Lord” (Mt 13:55, Mk 6:3, Gal. 2:19)
Author of Jude

James
Author of the Book of James

Mary Magdalene
Sister of Lazarus and Martha

“There were three sisters of Bethlehem, daughters of Matthan the priest, and Mary his wife, under the reign of Cleopatra and Sosipatrus, before the reign of Herod, the son of Antipater: the eldest was Mary, the second was Sobe, the youngest’s name was Anne. The eldest being married in Bethlehem, had for daughter Salome the midwife; Sobe the second likewise married in Bethlehem, and was the mother of Elizabeth; last of all the third married in Galilee, and brought forth Mary the mother of Christ.”
(Nicephorus Callistus [Historia ecclesiastica, 2.3. PG 145.760, A translation from Charles Wheatly, A Rational Illustration of the Book of Common Prayer, 1794, p. 63.] Also see Hippolytus of Thebes, [Migne’s Patrologia Graeca PG 117,] Andrew of Crete, Epiphanius Monachus, and Andronicus)

defendingthebride.com/ma2/brothers.html

Not sure how valid this information is though but it looks interesting.

In the gospel of Luke, Jude Thaddeus is referred to as a son of James.

When refering to James of Alphaeus, Less means shorter, or most likely, younger

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