Paul vs. Jesus

Precisely the point! Royal claims invariably led to royal conflicts, and as played out in the pages of the New Testament. Paul's claim to be the family "Jesus" was arguably as great as that of his brothers (including the one we call "Jesus of Nazareth"). Appointment of roles by the senior king was sometimes arbitrary. Once that king passed on, the hierarchy within the royal family was opened up once again to debate (even leading to world-war). In almost every royal generation the succession was contested. That is why Jesus is quoted as saying, "a man's enemies will be in his own household".

Fertility was very low in the royal family. It was quite common for a prince or princess to be unable to conceive children with their close relations. They were generally quite capable of having children with unrelated partners, but those children would not be considered royal or eligible for succession as a king or queen.

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