When I was a rock star Catholic Apologist back in the late 90s and early part of the century , I did some real damage to the careers of aspiring Protestant apologists who were making a living off of attacking Catholic dogmas.
One of the central issues that got my hackles up were the attacks on Our Lady’s perpetual virginity. The only real argument that is still kicked around which questions this teaching involves the so-called ‘brothers of the Lord’. I’ve been doing some research on this question since 2005, trying to pin down who these so-called “brothers” were. (The Catholic position, of course, was that these brothers were not uterine brothers of the Lord, but rather only his tribal relatives who were referred generically to as Jesus’s “brothers”).
I must have gone through two dozen family trees in that time period, dispensing with all of them because I was not content with one or more major drawbacks in each scenario. It’s the most frustrating research that I have ever done. Anyhow, I think I have a possible solution, based on seemingly innocuous archaeological evidence that I tripped upon the other day which helps me close the loop on my theory. I’m pretty excited about it, and I hope to share it with you all once I get some time to write it up…which, with current workload and spare time….is….like…..NEVER, man.
During the course of my research I came in contact with liberal scholarship because I needed their source material to formulate my own theory. I can safely tell you all that liberal biblical scholars have no shame whatsoever. I knew they were pretty wacky, but I had no idea to the extent of their hubris and utter bullshit, when I started to read their works. No, really. It’s true. For them, it’s all about creating a name for themselves and “being a somebody”. In fact this latter observation is VERY obvious from their insane and fact-changing conclusions. It’s quite pathetic, actually. Liberal biblical scholarship is to the bible what porn is to sex.