A conversation about genealogies got me thinking. If I am correct, historically speaking, the Jewish people kept track of their families’ blood lines back to the biblical tribes of Israel. There ought to be a line, or lines, of Jewish families who could trace their roots back to Jesus’ immediate family.
After his death and resurrection, Jews converted by the thousands and abandoned the strict Judaism of their history in order to follow the promised Messiah. Jewish converts to Christianity, though often ostracized by unconverted friends and family, still held onto their cultural Jewish identity. They still knew their family bloodline.
I’m not suggesting Jesus had children; but Mary and Joseph had children other than Jesus. As per the custom of the era and region, Jesus’ siblings likely had children of their own: Jesus’ nieces and nephews. From Jesus’ parents, aunts and uncles — in the matter of one to two generations — would have birthed dozens of direct relatives, all of whom would have benefited from riding the coat-tails of the Savior of the world.
My point is, shouldn’t we have Jewish families at least making the claim to be descendants of Jesus’ family? Where are the families asserting divine lineage?
Given the impact that Jesus had on the region, and subsequently the world, there should at least be claims (even false claims) throughout history from people to be of Jesus’ blood line. Add to that, the Jews willingness and ability to keep accurate genealogical records, especially in the first century, we should expect to see relatives of Jesus. Where are they?