How Many of Jesus Brothers Were His Disciples?

Did you know that Jesus had brothers who were also his disciples? This fact may come as a surprise to some, but it is indeed true. In this article, we will explore how many of Jesus’ brothers were his disciples and what their roles were in the ministry.

Who Were Jesus’ Brothers?

According to the Bible, Jesus had four brothers: James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas (Matthew 13:55). He also had sisters but they are not named. These brothers are believed to be younger than Jesus as they are referred to as “the brothers of Jesus” (Mark 6:3) and not “the siblings of Jesus.”

Were They All His Disciples?

It is important to note that not all of Jesus’ brothers were his disciples. In fact, only two of them – James and Jude – are explicitly mentioned in the New Testament as being followers of Christ.


James was one of the most prominent figures among the apostles. He is often referred to as “James the Just” for his righteous character and leadership qualities.

It is believed that he became a believer after seeing the risen Christ (1 Corinthians 15:7). He played a crucial role in the early Christian church and was eventually martyred for his faith.


Jude, also known as Thaddeus or Judas (not Iscariot), was another one of Jesus’ brothers who became a disciple. He is mentioned in the list of apostles in Luke 6:16 and Acts 1:13. He wrote the book of Jude in the New Testament which warns against false teachers and encourages believers to persevere in their faith.

What About Joseph and Simon?

As previously mentioned, Joseph and Simon are not explicitly mentioned as being disciples of Jesus in the New Testament. However, it is possible that they did become followers of Christ at some point.

Joseph is mentioned as being present with Mary and the other disciples after Jesus’ ascension (Acts 1:14). Simon is also mentioned in passing in Mark 6:3 as being one of Jesus’ brothers.


In conclusion, only two of Jesus’ brothers – James and Jude – are confirmed to have been his disciples. However, it is possible that Joseph and Simon also became believers later on.

Regardless of their status as disciples, all of Jesus’ brothers played a crucial role in his life and ministry. This fact serves as a reminder that even those closest to us can come to know and follow Christ at different times and in different ways.