I have been browsing Protestant web sites lately, in an attempt to see a reasoned defense of the Protestant viewpoint. Usually, this attempt has proved futile, but now and then I do find something interesting. I went to the site, carm.org, which, I must admit, does state some false things about Catholicism (like that the Deuterocanonicals were “added” to the canon in 1546). However, it did have an interesting article about Psalm 69 and the brothers of Jesus. The article said that Psalm 69 is a Messianic Psalm because Jesus quotes from it twice in relation to Himself.
Jesus quotes Psalm 69:4 in John 15:25, "But they have done this in order that the word may be fulfilled that is written in their Law, ‘They hated Me without a cause.’"
He also quotes Psalm 69:9 in John 2:16-17, "and to those who were selling the doves He said, “Take these things away; stop making My Father’s house a house of merchandise.” His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for Thy house will consume me.”
Then, the article moved on to mention Psalm 69:8:
I have become estranged from my brothers, and an alien to my mother’s sons.
The article says that this verse means Jesus clearly has brothers. Any thoughts on this? I am familiar with the arguments against Jesus having brothers (the most compelling one, in my opinion, being Jesus telling John to take care of Mary), but I wondered if any of you have encountered this passage before. Thanks for any information!