Who Was Jesus’ Biological Father?
Taking a look at the nativity tales in the books of Matthew and Luke Staff of the Biblical Archaeology Society The 18th of July, 2021 98 comments and 127216 page visits Was Joseph Jesus’ real father or was he adopted by Mary and Joseph? Joseph plays a significant role in the nativity tales told by Matthew and Luke, respectively. In this 16th-century painting by Lorenzo Lotto, he is represented at the birth of Jesus with his wife, Mary. Featured image courtesy of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.
If not, who was Jesus’ biological father, and how did he come to be?
Ancient beliefs on the biology of conception, which were founded on Aristotelian thought, were diametrically opposed to our present knowledge of genetics and biological principles.
While Mary would have provided the X chromosome, who provided the Y chromosome, which was required for reproduction?
- The author investigates what early Christians believed about conception, beginning with the nativity tales in Matthew and Luke, and demonstrates how attitudes toward this issue have evolved through time.
- As modern readers, we could be perplexed as to how the result of a virginal conception could be considered fully human, given that the Y chromosome did not originate from a human father.
- According to this viewpoint, the male sperm serves as the formative factor for all life.
- It is the man’s seed that conveys hislogos (rational reason) andpneuma (vital heat/animating spirit), and it is the woman’s body that serves as a receptacle for these energies.
- In this way, the male and the female are complementary.
- Many people, including those who were raised on the birth tales in Matthew and Luke, believed that Jesus was completely human since his mother provided him with all of his physical essence.
The annunciation tales in Matthew and Luke say that Jesus was conceived without the involvement of a human father; nevertheless, later in the Gospel of Luke, Joseph is identified as Jesus’ biological father and parent (Luke 2:27, 33, 48; 4:22).
Do these narratives conflict with the legends of the annunciation?
Lincoln proposes an alternative solution in his article: It is his contention that understanding the genre of the Gospels might assist in making sense of this seeming discrepancy.
In these cases, the principal individual is presented with two conception tales, one of which is normal and the other supernatural in nature.
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When two conception tales for the same figure were told about the same individual, it was not unusual in Greco-Roman histories, and Lincoln indicates that this was a manner of imparting significance and worth to people “who were considered to have acquired greatness later in life.” In this genre, persons who had done great things in their adult lives deserved to have a conception tale that was equally outstanding—if not better—than their adult lives.
Certainly, Lincoln’s method is intriguing—especially when applied to the nativity accounts of Matthew and Luke.
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“Can Scholars Take the Virgin Birth Seriously?” asks J. Edward Barrett in his article. The Bible Review published an article in October 1988 titled “How Early Christians Viewed the Birth of Jesus,” by James E. Crouch, was published in the Bible Review in October 1991. “Did Sarah Have a Seminal Emission?” asks Pieter Willem van der Horst in his essay. The Bible Review published an article in February 1992 titled Become a member of the BAS Library now. If Jesus was a real person who lived in the first century, would it be feasible to recognize him from the countless stories and traditions about him that have accumulated over 2,000 years in the Bible and church teachings?
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Like Father, like Son: Ten Ways Jesus Christ Reveals God’s Identity
When God’s people of Israel were living in the Old Testament, they were aware of God as their father, but only in a broad sense. For example, because God is the creator of all things, he might be referred to as “father.” Jesus Christ, on the other hand, exposes a whole other aspect of God’s fatherhood: he reveals, as St. Paul says, “Abba” (see Romans 8:15), which is a Syriac term that literally means “my father.” Abbai is a term that purposely conjures up images of the family, and it is a word of closeness.
Furthermore, this Abbais is not only addressing God as father in a familial and intimate manner, but it is also addressing God the Father as the First Person of the Most Holy Trinity, in the Person of God the Father.
For example, we read in John 1:18 that “no one has ever seen God; the only-begotten Son, who is in the heart of the Father, he has shown him to us.” Another way to put it is as we read in Matthew 11:27 and Luke 10:22, “All things have been entrusted to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father save the Son and anybody to whom the Son chooses to disclose him.” As a result, how does Jesus disclose the nature of God the Father to us?
Examine 10 ways (among others!) in which the revelation of Jesus invites us into the mystery of his filial connection with God the Father, as revealed by the Holy Spirit.
1.The Incarnation(John 1:1-14)
Shepherds’ adoration and veneration Matthias Stomer, around the year 1625 The Incarnation is the exterior prolonging and expansion of the Son’s procession, which is symbolized by the Virgin Mary. Jesus told them, “If God were your Father, you would love me,” as we read in John 8:42.
“I came not of my own volition, but he sent me,” Jesus said. Because of the Incarnation, the invisible Father’s justice and mercy, as well as his love and providential care for his chosen creatures, have a tangible manifestation in Christ.
2.The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple(Luke 2:41-51)
A painting by William Holman Hunt, titled The Finding of the Saviour in the Temple, dating from around 1854. “Did you not realize that I had to be in my Father’s house?” Jesus asks Mary and Joseph as they reunite after their separation. A Father who is not the same as St. Joseph himself, who is only our Lord’s foster-father, to name a few differences.
3.His Preaching(Matthew 5-7)
Carl Bloch’s Sermon on the Mount was published in 1877. According to Mark 1:14, “after John had been arrested, Jesus went into Galilee and preached the message of God to the people.” The Sermon on the Mount, which stresses God’s paternity, is the most well-known example of this type of teaching in the Bible. In fact, the word “Father” is used 17 times in the speech to refer to God. What is the purpose of emphasizing God’s paternity in the sermon? Why? Because Jesus is God the Son, and he is asking us to be God’s sons and daughters by calling us to be sons and daughters through him, with him, and in him.
4.His Works(John 5)
Christ Healing the Blind, by El Greco, ca. 1570 (Not alone do the teachings of Jesus bear witness to the existence of God the Father, but so do his deeds as well. All of Jesus’ deeds, including his healings, miracles, and other actions, demonstrate his magnificence as the Son of God. If I am not performing the works of my Father, then believe me; if I am doing them, even if you do not believe me, trust the works so that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father, as our Lord himself says.
5.His Interior Life(Luke 3:21-22; 9:28-36)
Raphael’s The Agony in the Garden (ca. 1504) is one of the most famous paintings in the world. Our Lord shows us that his prayer is all about turning as Son to the Father, and that his petition is also all about the Father turning as well, in the form of testimony to his Son. As an example, in both the Baptism and the Transfiguration, Jesus Christ is praying, and as he is doing so, a voice from heaven declares him to be the Beloved Son of God. By joining ourselves to the internal life of Christ, we are able to penetrate the secrets of the heavenly realm.
6.The Passion(Matthew 26-27; Mark 14-15; Luke 22-23; John 13-19)
“The Crucifixion,” by Fra Angelico, ca. 1420-1423 (Nothing expresses the love of the Father more clearly than the Passion of Christ, which demonstrates that the Father’s limitless love for people extends even to his only-begotten Son. It is notably the Crucifixion that expresses the Father’s unfailing love for the world, a love that compels him to send his only begotten Son to death in order to redeem us from our sins. At the anguish of the garden, Jesus’ personal submission to the will of the Father, portrayed never more forcefully than in this moment, demonstrates his own oneness of will with the will of the Father.
7.The Church’s Great Commission(Matthew 28:16-20)
Ascension, John Singleton Copley was born in 1775. Just prior to his ascension into heaven, Jesus assigns his Catholic Church the responsibility of teaching and baptizing all peoples around the world. The baptismal ritual itself reveals to us the three individuals who make up one God: when we are baptized into Christ’s suffering, death, and resurrection, we are doing so in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, not only in the name of Christ.
The three persons of God are different, yet they are also consubstantial, coequal, and coeternal in their natures.
8.The Sending of the Holy Spirit(Acts 2)
C. 1268, Duccio di Buoninsegna, The Descent of the Holy Spirit Acts 2 tells the story of the first Christian Pentecost, which occurred 50 days after Easter and commemorates the establishment of the Church. Holy Spirit comes upon the faithful as the Church’s foundational gift and soul, transforming them into new creatures in Christ. And what, exactly, has this to do with God the Father? Everything, since Jesus makes it very plain that the Holy Spirit is the fulfillment of the Father’s promise (see Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-5).
9.The Infusion of Faith(John 3:36)
Jacopo Tintoretto’s The Last Supper (ca. 1592-1594) is a masterpiece of Renaissance painting. We are made even more personally acquainted with God the Father by the infusion of theological virtue of faith into our intellect, which allows the revelation of God the Father to become even more personal. In fact, as Christ explains in the Gospels, faith is already the beginning of eternal life: “He who believes in the Son has eternal life” (Jn 3:36). It is important to note that he states “has eternal life,” not “shall have eternal life.” But, if not the knowledge and love of the Triune God, what is eternal life if not this?
10.Our Own Testimony to Christ(Matthew 10:32; Mark 8:38; Luke 9:26)
Christ Carrying the Cross, by El Greco, approx. 1577–1587, is a religious painting. The perfection of the Christian life of faith, hope, and charity is found in our adherence to Christ crucified, for the savior asks that we take up our cross and follow him. “So every one who acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven,” Jesus says. “So every one who acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven” (Mt 10:32). Although these are not the only ways in which our Lord reveals the Father, these 10 methods provide a comprehensive, though quick, summary of our Lord’s revelation of the Father.
- Jesus’ obedience to the will of Father, which culminated in his Passion, death, and resurrection on the cross, is the means by which we ourselves might be reconciled with our heavenly Father.
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Saint Joseph was the earthly father of Jesus Christ and the spouse of the Virgin Mary, according to the gospels of Matthew and Luke, who first mentioned him in the book of Matthew.
Who Was Saint Joseph?
Saint Joseph is a biblical person who is revered as a saint in various Christian denominations, and who is widely considered to have been the bodily father of Jesus Christ. The names Joseph and Luke are first mentioned together in the Bible’s gospels of Matthew and Luke; in Matthew, Joseph’s ancestry may be traced back to King David. According to the Bible, Joseph was born in 100 B.C.E. and subsequently married the Virgin Mary, who was to become the mother of Jesus. He died in Israel about the year 1 A.D.
Fact and Fiction
Almost all we know about Saint Joseph, Mary’s husband and the foster father of Jesus, comes from the Bible, and the few times he is mentioned, it isn’t particularly impressive. The 13 New Testament books authored by Paul (the epistles) contain no mention of him at all, and the Gospel of Mark, the earliest of the four Gospels, makes no mention of him at all. Joseph’s genealogy is traced back to King David in the gospels of Matthew and Luke, with one of them (Matthew) tracing Joseph’s pedigree all the way back to King David.
But these assertions are false, and the church does not recognize them as such.
Marriage to Mary
As soon as Joseph discovered that Mary was already pregnant, he chose to divorce her privately, knowing that if he did so openly, she would be stoned to death (Matt. 1:19). Because he was “a kind man and hesitant to put her to disgrace,” he did not want to “bring her to shame.” An angel, on the other hand, appeared to Joseph and informed him that the child Mary was carrying was the son of God and had been conceived by the Holy Spirit, and as a result, Joseph decided to keep Mary as his wife. Joseph was visited by an angel again after Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem, this time to warn him and Mary of the impending bloodshed brought on by King Herod of Judaea against the infant.
Joseph again fled to Egypt with Mary and Jesus.
Because Joseph is described as a “tekton,” which historically meant “carpenter,” it is likely that he taught Jesus his trade when he was in Nazareth, according to the Gospels.
Death and Sainthood
Joseph’s death is not known, however it is likely that he died before Jesus’ career began, and it is inferred that he died before Jesus was crucified (John 19:26-27).
Joseph was already the patron saint of Mexico, Canada, and Belgium when Pope Pius IX named him the patron saint of the worldwide church in 1870. Pope Pius XII declared May 1 as “Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker” in 1955, in response to the Communists’ May Day celebrations in the United States.
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Who was Jesus’ biological father? How did His mother Mary die? When? Where?
Q. Who was the biological father of Jesus? What caused His mother Mary’s death? When and where are they taking place? Christians believe that Jesus was not born of a biological mother and father. His mother Mary, on the other hand, was still a virgin when she became pregnant with him. This was a miracle, and it is still unclear how it was accomplished in the first place. Indeed, the angel who talked to Mary about it characterized the event in the following way: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.” In other words, this is a mystery of faith in which Christians believe and accept by faith.
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Why Joseph Was Chosen as the Earthly Father of Jesus
Joseph was chosen by God to be the earthly father of Jesus. In the Gospel of Matthew, the Bible teaches us that Joseph was a good man who served God. Because of the way he treated his fiancee, Mary, it became clear that he was a kind and sensitive individual. When Mary informed Joseph that she was expecting a child, he had every reason to feel humiliated. He was well aware that the kid was not his his, and Mary’s apparent unfaithfulness had a negative societal stigma attached to it. Not only did Joseph have the authority to divorce Mary, but he also had the authority to stone her to death under Jewish law.
- To avoid further embarrassment, he chose a low-key approach rather than speaking out.
- The fact that Joseph would be publicly humiliated did not deter him from following God’s commands.
- The Bible does not provide much information on Joseph’s role as the father of Jesus Christ, but we do know from Matthew, chapter one, that he was a good earthly example of integrity and morality for all of humanity.
- We know that he passed on the carpentry trade to his son and that he instilled in him a respect for Jewish traditions and spiritual observances during his childhood.
Until then, he supported Mary and his younger brothers and sisters by working as a carpenter, a profession that Joseph had taught him when they were children. In addition to his love and instruction, Joseph provided Jesus with a valuable career that enabled him to survive in a difficult environment.
Joseph was the earthly father of Jesus, the man who was charged with the responsibility of raising theSon of God. As an additional talent, Joseph was a carpenter or skillful artisan. He obeyed God despite the fact that he was being severely humiliated. He did the right thing in front of God, and he did it in the proper manner.
Joseph was a man of strong convictions who demonstrated his convictions via his deeds. In the Bible, he is depicted as a just and upright man. Even when he was personally injured, he possessed the characteristic of being sympathetic to the guilt of others. When God called on him, he replied in obedience and exercised self-control. Joseph serves as a good biblical example of honesty and noble character, and he deserves to be celebrated.
With this immense duty, God demonstrated his respect for Joseph’s character and honesty. It is difficult to place your children in the care of someone else. Consider the possibility of God gazing down and selecting a man to raise his own son. Joseph had God’s confidence in him. Mercy is always victorious. When Mary’s apparent indiscretion was brought to his attention, Joseph might have reacted harshly, but he decided to show compassion and mercy instead, even though he believed he had been mistreated.
We are led and guided by God when we follow his commands, even in the face of difficulty and public disgrace.
Nazareth is in Galilee, and he was born at Bethlehem.
References to Joseph in the Bible
Matthew 1:16-2:23 and Luke 1:22-2:52 are two examples of biblical quotations.
Carpenter and craftsman are both terms that refer to the same person.
Mary is the wife of Jesus, and the children are Jesus, James, Joses, Judas, Simon, and their daughters. The names of Joseph’s forefathers and foremothers are recorded in Matthew 1:17 and Luke 3:23-37.
Matthew 1:19-20 (New International Version) The reason for this was that Joseph was a kind guy who did not want to bring her into disgrace in front of the world, and so he planned to divorce her privately. However, after he had given this some thought, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be frightened to take Mary home as your wife for what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.” (NIV) Luke 2:39-40 (KJV) Joseph and Mary returned to Nazareth in Galilee after completing all of the requirements of the Law of the Lord in their home town.
- Beyond providing for Jesus’ needs from infancy, Joseph most likely enrolled him in Nazareth’s synagogue school, where he learned to read and was instructed in the Scriptures, according to tradition. It was because of Joseph’s physical strength that Jesus survived the treacherous voyage from Palestine to Egypt, which saved him from being killed by Herod’s soldiers. This care helped prepare Jesus for his earthly career. While there, Joseph’s carpentry abilities were most likely put to use to support his family
- Without a doubt, Joseph’s most distinguishing characteristic was his righteousness. He put his confidence in God, and God, in turn, placed his trust in him with His preciousSon. Despite the fact that he did not always know the facts, Joseph moved in faith, trusting that God would guide him to the next step.
What Do We Know about Jesus’ Earthly Parents: Joseph and Mary?
There are some facts that we know about Jesus’ earthly family. Joseph and Mary were the names of his parents. Joseph Joseph was Mary’s husband, but he was not the biological father of Jesus, as is commonly believed. This is made abundantly clear in the New Testament. As a result, the birth of Jesus Christ occurred as follows: His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph, but the Holy Spirit revealed to them that she was pregnant before they were able to get together to exchange vows (Matthew 1:18).
- However, he was not in a relationship with her until she gave birth to a son.
- (Matthew 1:25).
- He is mentioned only with respect to the events surrounding Jesus’ birth, flight to Egypt, return to Galilee.
- The Episode In The Temple The only other reference to him is the episode regarding Jesus teaching at the temple at age twelve.
- When his parents saw him, they were astonished.
- Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.” “Why were you searching for me?” he asked.
- It is interesting to note that Joseph is not mentioned by name in this account neither is there any record of him saying anything to Jesus.
Mary calls Joseph “Jesus’ father” however Jesus corrects her when He emphasizes who His real Father is.
Joseph Was Not Around For Jesus’ Public Ministry Joseph is not mentioned as being around when Jesus began His public ministry.
Almost everyone agrees that he had died before the time Jesus revealed Himself to the world.
Is His Death Indicated?
When the elderly man Simeon spoke to Joseph and Mary about their newborn son we find the following said.
Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed.
This may be an indication that Joseph would not be around to see Jesus rejected and crucified by the people whom He came to save.
While a virgin, the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and announced the coming birth of Jesus.
And coming in, he said to her, “Greetings, favored one!
The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God.
” He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give him the throne of his father David; and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and his kingdom will have no end.” Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy child shall be called the Son of God.
- ” And behold, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age; and she who was called barren is now in her sixth month.
- (Luke 1:26-38).
- And Mary said: “My soul exalts the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior (Luke 1:46, 47).
- She correctly predicted that she would be called blessed from that time on.
- (Luke 1:48).
- On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee.
- When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” “Dear woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied.
When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, “He is out of his mind” (Mark 3:21).
It is possible that it was Jesus family, and not the crowd, that thought that Jesus was deluded.
Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived.
A crowd was sitting around him, and they told him, “Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you.” “Who are my mother and my brothers?” he asked.
Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother” (Mark 3:31-34).
Mary Was Present At The Crucifixion She was present at Jesus’ crucifixion.
When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Dear woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home (John 19:25-27).
She Was In The Upper Room After Jesus’ Ascension The last we hear of Mary is with Jesus’ disciples in the Upper Room They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers (Acts 1:14).
Here she is called the mother of Jesus.
We know nothing with respect to the circumstances of her death.
The only facts about their lives of which we can be certain are those that are recorded in the New Testament.
His mothers’ name was Mary.
Joseph was not the actual father of Jesus but adopted Him upon His birth.
Joseph was prominent only in the accounts surrounding Jesus’ birth, flight to Egypt, and return.
We know nothing of the circumstances of Joseph’s death.
He was not around when Jesus entered His public ministry.
Mary was a virgin when the angel announced to her that she would give birth to the Messiah.
There are only a few other occasions where she is mentioned.
Mary is also with Jesus’ brothers and sisters when they wish to speak with Him apart from the crowd.
She was there at His first miracle, attempted to take Him aside at one point, and was there at His crucifixion. She was taken into the home of the Apostle John after the death of Jesus. The last mention of her in the New Testament is before Pentecost where she is together with the other disciples.
Who Was Jesus’ Biological Father?
Was JosephJesus’ biological father or stepfather? If not, who was Jesus’ biological father, and how did he come to be? The annunciation tales recorded in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke describe how Jesus was conceived without the involvement of a human male. Ancient beliefs on the biology of conception, which were founded on Aristotelian thought, were diametrically opposed to our present knowledge of genetics and biological principles. The whole human DNA of Jesus would have been required for him to be deemed totally human by our current standards, rather than a semi-divine or exceptional entity.
In his essay “How Babies Were Made in Jesus’ Time,” written by Andrew Lincoln of the University of Gloucestershire, which appears in the November/December 2014 edition of BAR, he addresses these topics.
What was the identity of Jesus’ biological father?
According to Andrew Lincoln, this issue would not have been a source of concern to an ancient audience or to the authors of the nativity accounts in Matthew and Luke because: Given the patriarchal culture in which they lived, they would have had some form of the mainstream Aristotelian theory of conception.
The female menstrual blood provides the substance for the fetus, while the womb serves as the vehicle for the semen’s nourishment and development.
In this way, the male serves as the active and efficient cause of reproduction, while the female serves as the source of the substance that the male seed defines.
For the most part, the mother provides the body material essential for the development of a human fetus, whereas the father provides the life force.
As Lincoln explains, “In terms of ancient biology, even if Jesus did not have a human father, he would have been considered to be completely human.” He was born of Mary, who gave the human material, and God provided the animating essence in this instance instead of a human father by the intervention of the divine Spirit.” The New Testament does not specify if Joseph Jesus was the biological or only the adoptive father of Jesus.
- The annunciation tales in Matthew and Luke say that Jesus was conceived without the involvement of a human father; nevertheless, later in the Gospel of Luke, Joseph is identified as Jesus’ biological father and parent (Luke 2:27, 33, 48; 4:22).
- Do these narratives conflict with the legends of the annunciation?
- Lincoln proposes an alternative solution in his article: It is his contention that understanding the genre of the Gospels might assist in making sense of this seeming discrepancy.
- In these cases, the principal individual is presented with two conception tales, one of which is normal and the other supernatural in nature.
- Certainly, Lincoln’s method is intriguing—especially when applied to the nativity accounts of Matthew and Luke.
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Who was Joseph, the father of Jesus?
QuestionAnswer Joseph was the earthly father of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who was born into a royal family. It is recorded that Joseph was a descendant of King David, that he resided in Nazareth in Galilee, and that he was committed to be married to Mary, the virgin who gave birth to Jesus (Luke 1:27). Mary, according to the Bible, got pregnant by the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:18), not through Joseph, as is often believed. Because of this, Joseph might be considered Jesus’ earthly, adopted father, but not as His biological father, as previously stated.
- However, based on the little views we have into his character, we may deduce that he was a modest guy who was profoundly concerned about obeying God.
- An angel of the Lord came to Joseph and encouraged him to be brave in his decision to accept Mary as his wife (Matthew 1:24–25).
- Later in the Gospel of Matthew, an angel appears to Joseph and instructs him to take Mary and Jesus to Egypt because King Herod had planned to assassinate the infant Jesus.
- An angel visits to Joseph again after Herod’s death, this time commanding him to return to Israel, which he dutifully does (Matthew 2:19).
- In addition, the Bible teaches that Joseph was a gentle and self-sacrificing individual.
- In addition, following their marriage, Joseph did not have sexual relations with Mary until after Jesus was born (Matthew 1:25); in this way, Joseph preserved the legitimacy of the virgin birth of Jesus.
- Jesus was taken to Jerusalem by Joseph and Mary forty days after his birth, as required by the Law of Moses (Luke 2:22–24).
Joseph’s dedication to following the Torah is demonstrated again again by the following incident: “Every year, Jesus’ parents traveled to Jerusalem to celebratethe Feast of the Passover” (Luke 2:41).
Upon realizing Jesus was not with their caravan to Galilee, Mary and Joseph looked for him for three days “anxiously,” and eventually found him seated among several professors of the law (Luke 2:48).
(see Luke 3:23).
However, Joseph’s exact job may have been, it is clear that he worked hard to provide for his family while also doing everything in his power to assist Jesus develop in knowledge and stature (Luke 2:52).
Many people assume that Joseph died somewhere between the time when Jesus was a little child (Luke 2:42) and the time when He began His public ministry as an adult because of the absence of Joseph from the narrative of Jesus’ career (Luke 3:23).
However, despite the fact that the Bible does not provide many specifics about Joseph as a person—and that the Bible does not record any actual words that Joseph spoke—we know enough about him to conclude that he was a modest man who faithfully obeyed God, honored others, accepted responsibility, and worked hard to provide for his family.
All of these are holy attributes that we should strive to embody ourselves. Questions about Biblical Characters Return to: Questions about Biblical Characters What was the identity of Joseph, the father of Jesus?
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Assume that Eleazar, the legitimate successor to David’s throne, died without leaving a widow or a son to succeed him. Traditionally, a more or less near relative would be considered as his legal descendent and be referred to as having been “conceived” by him, if the relationship was close enough. Consider the possibility that Matthan is that relative and that he is the same person as Matthat (in Luke), but with a different spelling. That would imply that Jacob and Heli are blood brothers of some sort.
Because of a custom known as Levirate marriage (see Matthew 22:25), it is expected that the brother of a deceased man will marry and have children in order to perpetuate the name of his brother.
As a result, Joseph is not only the legal heir through Jacob’s line, but he is also the biological son of Heli.
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Call No Man Father? What Jesus Meant
At Franciscan University of Steubenville, Dr. John Bergsma teaches theology as a Professor of Theology. Dr. Bergsma is a former Protestant pastor who has written many books on Scripture and the Catholic religion, including Jesus and the Old Testament Roots of the Priesthood, which was published in 2012. Let’s talk about the practice of addressing priests as “father.” When Jesus states in Matthew 23:9, “And call no man your father on earth, because you have only one Father, who is in heaven,” does he mean it literally, or is he simply emphasizing a point by using harsh language?
As a result of the usage of the term “father” by Catholic clergy, they are frequently condemned.
In the Hebrew tradition, to “call” someone by a “name” signified something more like to “identifying the essence” of that person’s personality.
Not a single one of Jesus’ contemporaries, not even the Apostles, referred to him as such.
As a result, in this Hebrew tradition, when Jesus says, “Call no one on earth your father,” he means, “Recognize no one on earth as your father in hisessence,” which means, “Recognize no one on earth as your father in his essence,” because there is only one Father, who is God the Father, by nature and essence.
In a genuine sense, God is the one true Father, and He is the only one who can beget children in a way that only He, as God, is capable of.
Nothing was created ex nihilo by your biological father; everything was created by him.
It is true that your physical father is just a father by analogy, which means that human fatherhood is analogous to genuine fatherhood, which is exercised only by God.
Another way to look at it is that we can only refer to our biological dads as “Father” because God is our actual Father, not because we have biological fathers.
Paul puts it: “I drop my knees before the Father, from whom all fatherhood in heaven and on earth is called” (Eph 3:14–15, my translation), all paternity is an imitation of the paternity of God the Father.
In fact, some theologians have argued that a ministerial priest is more like God the Parent than a biological father is in this regard.
The Lord is “birthing” a soul by using the Word and the Holy Spirit and transferring it from death to life.
True parenthood is, at its core, a spiritual experience.
Despite this, both Jesus and the Apostles continue to refer to men as “fathers” in their teaching and conversational styles.
Paul refers to Abraham as the “father of all.
Paul refers to Abraham as the “father of us all” for the second time (Rom 4:16).
has served with me in the gospel” (Phil 2:22).
Paul writes in his First Letter to the Corinthians, “For I became your father in Christ Jesus via the gospel,” which translates as “I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel” (1 Cor 4:15).
The most remarkable of all these passages, arguably, is found in 1 John, where the Apostle writes: “I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who has been from the beginning.” It is because of your victory against the Evil One that I am writing to you, young men.
Many scholars, dating back to the Church Fathers, believe that St.
This is not correct; rather, the context calls for these phrases to be interpreted as categories of spiritual development and/or roles in the local church community.
The first person ever documented as addressing Christian presbyters (priests) as “fathers” turns out to be one of the Twelve Apostles, and he does it right in the pages of the Bible itself.