Was Judas and James in Acts chapter one the half brothers of Jesus?

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Was Judas and James in Acts chapter one the half brothers of Jesus?


Acts 1:13 And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James.

Acts 1:14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.

Mat 13:55  Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?
Mat 13:56  And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things?

I believe that James and Jude Alphaeus, were Jesus’ half brothers. I believe that they are the same brothers mentioned in Matthew.  There is thought that Joseph was old when he took Mary to wife and that he died at some point and she remarried and that is why James and Judas are of Alphaeus and not Joseph.

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  1. Your suggestion is the one I have most often heard; however, when looking up Alphaeus in Strong’s #245 it says Alpheus, an Israelite and refers us to #2501, which says “of Heb[rew] or[igin] …; Joseph, the name of seven Isr[alites]. Now here’s the catch–only one Alphaeus is mentioned, but whereas we have James the son of Alphaeus mentioned four times in Matt., Mark, Luke, and Acts, we also have Levi (Matthew) the son of Alphaeus in Mark 2:14. Was this singular Alphaeus also the father of Matthew? Or was Alphaeus actually Joseph and he had children by a previous (deceased) wife? We have as much “proof” for one theory as the other which is NONE–that I know of.
    It’s a complicated subject and I’m not sure we’re supposed to figure it out, but I do think that James the son of Alphaeus, also called James the less (Mark 15:40), and Judas, the brother of James ARE Jesus’ half-brothers. Adding to the confusion is the fact that Judas is also called Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus in Matt. 10:3. This Judas, who wrote the book of JUDE, is also called Thaddeaus in Mark 3:18.

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