The question most frequently asked about the premise for my new novel, In the Shadow of the King, is this: Did Jesus really have brothers and sisters? My answer is yes, half-siblings—if we take a ‘no zebra’ approach to the Bible. Let me explain.
When I started hospital rounds as a medical student, an attending physician offered this pearl of wisdom: Don’t look for zebras. If you’re at the Kentucky Derby and see an animal with a mane and a tail running on four legs, chances are it’s a horse. His point?