“I Pray For You” by Alexander Pogrebinsky
The Desposyni are the relatives of Jesus Christ. It is believed that Christ’s relatives became followers of his teach-ings and later the leaders of the early Christian church into the third-century. In the New Testament there are several mentions of his “brethren.” Some of these brethren are mentioned by name – primarily James, Joseph, Simon, and Jude. But the nature of the term brethren has been the subject of theological debate since the earliest times of the Bible. In the Semitic languages brethren may be used loosely, suggesting not just the blood relatives, but also step-relatives, distant and near relatives, and perhaps even acquaintances.
It is believed that Jesus had one or more sisters. Perhaps the most important alleged member of Jesus’s immediate family was “the brother of the Lord” James – known often as Saint James the Just. He was the first Bishop of Jerusa-lem and the author of the Epistle of James in the New Tes-tament. With the publication of the Da Vinci Code in 2003 there was a renewed interest and debate into the bloodline of Jesus Christ.
See: Hanson, Ph.D., and Kenneth. Blood Kin of Jesus: James and the Lost Jewish Church. Beltsville, MD: Council Oak Books, 2009.