So I am not asking about Mary and Joseph's genealogy. I am asking about their children's descendants. So Jesus's siblings' children, their children's children, etc. Whenever I search for this, I only receive results about their family history genealogy. So essentially, what happened to Jesus's nieces and nephews?

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    Yes, from the Protestant view. Apr 27, 2020 at 17:41
  • @MattGutting Quick question: Does the Catholic Church believe that Mary intended herself to be consecrated virgin before the annunciation, and that Joseph "married" her to be a protector, not a full husband, and that became the basis of the Catholic doctrine of the perpetual virginity of Mary? Apr 27, 2020 at 18:59
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    @gratefuldisciple The Catholic Church believes that the marriage between Mary and Joseph was a true marriage. I believe it is the Gospel of James that describes Mary as intending, even from childhood, to be a consecrated virgin. Although the Church doesn't accept that gospel as canonical, I believe it does accept the story as at least pious belief if not Sacred Tradition. Apr 27, 2020 at 20:53
  • @MattGutting Thanks! Just the answer I was looking for. Yes, I was wondering what the Catholic Church discern about the Gospel of James. Apr 27, 2020 at 20:58
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    @cody.tv.weber Not all Protestants deny Mary's perpetual virginity; cf. What Protestant arguments exist for the perpetual virginity of Mary?.
    – Geremia
    Apr 28, 2020 at 20:19

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Answered by my elder Rick Calvert from Hope Christian Church:


The only historical genealogical information of Mary’s family after the birth of Christ are the names of her four other sons.

Scripture states they were named: Joseph, James, Jude, and Simon. These were the half-brothers of Jesus. Half-brothers because Joseph was only the paternal father of Jesus, he was not the material father of Jesus, the Spirit of God was.

The last three of Mary’s son’s mentioned are not to be confused with those who were disciples of Jesus by the same name.

Here are some passages where the other sons of Mary by Joseph are mentioned (Mt. 12:46; 13:55; Mk. 6:3; John 2:12; 7:3, 5, 10; Acts 1:14; 1 Cor. 9:5; Gal. 1:19).

Also, keep in mind that all of the Jewish genealogies dating from Adam to Christ were burned and destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D. with the destruction of Jerusalem and the Jewish Temple. The purpose of the genealogical records preserved in Scripture was to identify the Messiah when He came, which they fulfilled (Mt. 1:1-17; Lk. 3:23-38), thus, there was no reason for their preservation any longer and God let them be destroyed by the Romans in the late first century. Therefore, no person today can actually prove they are Jewish, nor can they prove their Hebrew tribal genealogy. This also implies that no one can trace their ancestry back to Mary, Joseph, or Jesus, most likely by God’s design.

Warm Regards, Rick

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    Joseph was not the paternal father of Jesus. Joseph had nothing to do with the conception of Jesus. Joseph married Mary and Jesus became his adopted son.
    – Lesley
    Apr 28, 2020 at 9:02
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    @Lesley. I suspect a mental slip caused the wrong word to be used. He's contrasting paternal father with material father, which makes no sense. (In fact, the phrase "paternal father" makes no sense in the first place.) He probably meant adoptive father or something similar.
    – TRiG
    Apr 28, 2020 at 12:13
  • @TRiG The wording was 'other sons of Mary by Joseph. It was quite specific and quite wrong.
    – Nigel J
    Apr 28, 2020 at 17:58
  • "are the names of her four other sons" the bible doesn't mention Mary having any sons except for Jesus. Nowhere. Apr 28, 2020 at 18:55
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    Sola Gratia, Matthew 12:46 says Jesus had brothers. Apr 30, 2020 at 1:32

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