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?
This Bible History Daily piece was first published on November 3, 2014, and has since been updated.
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.
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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.
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Joseph the Father of Jesus
THE QUESTION: How much do we know about Joseph, the Father of Jesus Christ? ANSWER: The Gospels of Matthew and Luke include the majority of what we know about Joseph, the earthly and legal Father of Jesus Christ. The whole genealogy of Joseph is recorded in Matthew 1:18 to 18:1. Even if new readers are perplexed as to why this lengthy genealogy is provided, we rapidly come to understand its significance. Jews placed great value on genealogy, yet these passages reveal Jesus Christ’s lineage all the way back to Abraham, allowing all people to see yet another fulfillment of the numerous prophesies about the Messiah that have been fulfilled throughout history.
- In addition to being a pleasant guy who observed Jewish law, he was also well-respected.
- Joseph, a skilled carpenter in the tiny village of Nazareth, spent time with his son, Jesus, teaching him the profession as well as spiritual training.
- This was a hereditary employment that Jesus conducted before to entering the ministry of Christ.
- Each year during the Passover celebration, Jesus’ parents traveled to Jerusalem to be with Jesus.
- In every manner, he embodied the position of ‘father’ wonderfully and with grace.
- (Mark 1:9-11).
- Joseph’s impact must have been tremendous throughout those formative years.
- Joseph is a living testament to the importance of integrity, obedience, and fidelity, as well as to the need of fulfilling the assigned duty of “fatherhood,” among other things.
- – We have all sinned and are deserving of God’s wrath.
- According to the Bible, Jesus, the creator and eternal Son of God, who lived a spotless life, loves us so much that He died for our sins, accepting the penalty that we deserved, was buried, and rose from the grave to show us His love for us.
Yes, I have made the decision to follow Jesus as of today. Yes, I am already a disciple of Jesus Christ. I still have a lot of questions.
What Do We Know about Jesus’ Earthly Parents: Joseph and Mary?
There are certain things that we know about Jesus’ earthly family that we would like to share with you. 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 often believed. This is made very apparent 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 come together to exchange vows (Matthew 1:18).
- However, he was not in a relationship with her until she gave birth to a son.
- In the four gospels, there are just a few facts regarding Joseph that are reported.
- During this period, we discover that Joseph obeyed the Lord without hesitation.
- Everyone who heard him was astonished by his grasp of the situation and his responses.
- His mother addressed him as follows: “Why have you been treating us in this manner, son?
- What were you thinking?
- Jesus’ parents are mentioned in the narrative.
This is the last time we see or hear from Joseph.
He makes a point of being obvious by His absence.
No information has been provided on the circumstances of his death.
According to certain interpretations of the Bible, Joseph would not survive to witness Jesus’ public ministry in any capacity.
The child’s father and mother were taken aback by what had been stated about their son.
In addition, a sword will penetrate your own heart ” (Luke 2:33-35).
This might be a sign that Joseph would not be present to see Jesus being rejected and executed by the people whom He had come to save, as some have speculated.
The angel Gabriel appeared to Mary while she was still a virgin, informing her of the impending birth of Jesus.
And as he walked in, he said to her, “Greetings, most beloved among you!
It was the angel who spoke to her, telling her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, because you have won favor in the eyes of God.” The Lord has revealed to you that you will conceive in your womb and have a son, whom you will call Jesus.” As a result of his greatness, he will be referred to as “the Son of the Most High.” The Lord God will grant him the throne of David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob for all time, and his kingdom will have no beginning or end.” “How is this possible, considering that I am a virgin?” Mary inquired of the angel.
- “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and it is for this reason that the holy child will be named the Son of God,” the angel spoke to her.
- Mary’s Hymn is a song that she sings to herself.
- And Mary shared her thoughts: “My soul exalts the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, who is the only one who can save me (Luke 1:46, 47).
- Because he has shown consideration for the plight of his bondslave, and as a result, from this day forward, all generations will consider me blessed (Luke 1:48).
- Mary is in attendance at the location of Jesus’ first miracle.
- The wedding was attended by Jesus’ mother, as well as Jesus and his followers, who had been invited as well.
- “I have not reached the end of my time.” His mother addressed the servants by saying, “Follow his instructions to the letter (John 2:1-5).
There is a story about Mary spending time with Jesus’ brothers and sisters in the Bible.
It’s probable that Jesus’ family, rather than the rest of the throng, was the ones who believed that Jesus was misguided.
Then came Jesus’ mother and brothers to the scene.
A large group of people had gathered around him, and they informed him that his mother and brothers were waiting outside for him.
His next words were directed toward his audience, who were sitting in a circle around him “My mother and brothers are shown here!
Mary was present during the Crucifixion, according to tradition.
Near the crucifixion of Jesus were his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene, all of whom were mourning for him.
After Jesus’ ascension, she was in the Upper Room with the disciples.
The men and women gathered together in prayer on a consistent basis, as did the ladies and Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as Jesus’ brothers (Acts 1:14).
In the New Testament, Mary is never mentioned again beyond this point in time.
There are several fanciful stories about Mary Arose.
The only details we have regarding their lives that we can be confident of are those that are described in the Book of Revelation.
Mary was the name of his mother’s maiden name.
Joseph was not the biological father of Jesus, but he was adopted by the family after His birth.
Joseph appears solely in the stories of Jesus’ birth, escape to Egypt, and return from Egypt, and then very briefly.
We have no information on the circumstances surrounding Joseph’s death.
He was absent from the scene when Jesus began His public ministry.
When the angel revealed to Mary that she would be the mother of the Messiah, she was still a virgin to the world.
There are just a handful of more instances in which she is referenced.
Mary is also there with Jesus’ brothers and sisters when they seek to talk with Him in private, away from the rest of the group of people.
Following the death of Jesus, she was carried into the house of the Apostle John, who raised her. Until just before Pentecost, the only other time she is mentioned in the New Testament, when she is with the other twelve disciples.
Is God the Father a Distinct Person from Jesus?
There are individuals who assert that God the Father and Jesus Christ, are the same person. They argue that Jesus is merely a manifestation, development, or role of the Father in a more general sense. The Bible, on the other hand, asserts that the Father and Jesus are two separate beings from one another. Clearly, they are not the same individual. A number of different ways are provided by the Bible to illustrate this truth. 1. The Son was sent by the Father. An additional distinction between the Father and the Son is that the Father is the sender, whereas Jesus, the Son, is the one who is sent by the Father.
- “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work” (John 4:34).
- He emphasized it once more.
- (John 5:30).
- What about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world?
- (John 10:36).
For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it (John 12:49) (John 12:49) The Apostle Paul also testified that the Father sent the Son into the world: But when the fulness of the time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law (Galatians 4:4).
- There is another who bears witness of me, and I know that the witness which he witnesses of me is true.
- (John 5:31, 32, 37).
- He says that He is not the only one who is testifying concerning Himself.
- Jesus contrasts His testimony from that of the Father showing that they are two distinct persons.
- For example, in the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus did not pray to Himself, but to the Father.
” The glory which you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as we are one; I in them and you in me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that you sent me, and loved them, even as you have loved me (John 17:20-23).
The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand (John 3:35).
Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know me, Philip?
The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own initiative, but the Father abiding in me does his works.
However Jesus testified that God the Father was with Him in a mystical way.
No One Can Get to God the Father Except Through Jesus the Son Jesus told people to believe in Him.
Believe in God, believe also in me (John 14:1).
The Bible also makes it clear that one cannot know God the Father apart from Jesus Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me.
For there is one God; there is also one mediator between God and humankind, Christ Jesus, himself human (1 Timothy 2:5).
SummaryIt is the teaching of Scripture that God the Father is a distinct person from Jesus Christ, God the Son.
The Father sent Jesus the Son to earth.
We find that Jesus, the Son, prayed to the Father There is also mutual love and knowledge between God the Father and Jesus the Son.
Jesus, the Son, always did the Father’s will not His own will. One cannot know God the Father without knowledge of Jesus the Son. These truths make it clear that the Father and Son are two distinct Persons.
Who Was Joseph’s Father in Jesus’ Genealogy?
As Dennis McKinsey writes in his book The Encyclopedia of Biblical Errancy, the “contradictory” genealogy given in Matthew 1 and Luke 3 open up “a Pandora’s box that apologists would want to stay locked forever,” he argues confidently. 1 One of the “contradictions” he identified has to do with Joseph’s paternal grandfather. 2 Instead of stating that “Jacob begot Josephthe husband of Mary, from whom was born Jesus who is called Christ,” Luke 3:23 writes that “Jesus Himself began His ministry at about thirty years of age, being (as was assumed) the son of Joseph, the son of Heli.” How is it possible for Joseph to be the son of both Jacob and Heli at the same time?
- In no way, shape, or form.
- However, the disparities between the two verses may be explained in a relatively straightforward manner as follows: The genealogy of Jesus is presented in Matthew via Joseph, whilst the genealogy of Jesus is presented in Luke through His mother, Mary.
- (in Luke 3:23).
- Rather of stating that Mary is the offspring of Heli, Luke states simply that “Joseph” is “the son of Heli.” What logical, biblically sound argument leads to the logical conclusion that Luke 3 is the genealogy of Jesus through His mother, Mary, and why is this conclusion reasonable?
- First and foremost, the two genealogies are diametrically opposed from the period of David through the time of Jesus.
- Matthew 1:6-7 states that Joseph was derived from David’s son Solomon, whilst Mary was descended from David’s son Nathan (Matthew 1:6-7).
- In addition, Matthew and Luke were writing to two separate audiences: Matthew was writing to Jews, while Luke was writing to Greeks.
- For his part, Luke, writing to a larger audience, traced the genealogy of Jesus all the way back to Adam (the father of all people) and all the way up to God himself (the Creator ofallmankind).
- In the words of David Roper, “Women were occasionally included incidentally (Mt.
As a general rule, Jews did not include women in genealogies.” 3 More importantly, Adam Clarke points out that, “if a family occurred to finish with a daughter, instead of putting her in the genealogy, they substituted her husband, as the son of him who wasn’t, in reality, his father-in-law,” in order to avoid confusion.
Fourth, the terms “son” and “daughter” are employed in a broad range of contexts throughout the Bible.
6 In a nutshell, Joseph, Mary, and Jesus were all “of Heli,” but in different ways.
Pay close attention to the following accounts from Matthew and Luke, and evaluate how their overarching frames of reference are distinct from one another:
The following was the order of events surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ: Prior to Joseph and Mary’s marriage, Mary was discovered to be pregnant with a child of the Holy Spirit after they were engaged to one another. As a result, Josephher husband, being a kind man and not wishing to make her a public spectacle, made the decision to confine her in a secluded location. As he was contemplating these things, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, telling him, “Do not be frightened to take Mary your wife into your home, because that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.
All of this was done in order to bring the prophecy of the Lord via the prophet to fruition, which stated: “Behold, the virgin shall become pregnant and have a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated as “God with us.” When Joseph was awoken from his slumber, he followed the instructions of the angel of the Lord and married Mary, whom he did not know until she gave birth to her firstborn Son.
- And he addressed Him by the name of Jesus.
- When God dispatched Gabriel to a Galilean city named Nazareth, in the sixth month of the year, he was tasked with marrying a virgin who had been betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, a descendant of King David.
- “Rejoice, highly favored one; the Lord is with you; happy are you among women!” the angel exclaimed to her when she had entered the building.
- Then the angel whispered to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, because you have received favor in the eyes of the Lord.” Then you will conceive in your womb and give birth to a son, whose name will be Jesus, and the world will rejoice.
- And He will reign over the family of Jacob in perpetuity, and there will be no end to the extent of His kingdom.” “How can this be, given that I do not know a single man?” Mary inquired of the angel.
- After all, with God, there is nothing that is impossible.” When Mary saw her, she exclaimed: “Behold, the maidservant of the Lord!
- After that, Mary awoke and traveled quickly towards the hill region, to a city in Judah, where she entered the house of Zacharias and welcomed Elizabeth, who had come to see her.
When she finished, she exclaimed in a loud voice, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the product of your womb!
Since the moment your words rang in my ears, the infant within of me jumped for delight and began to cry out in response to it.
Because He has taken into consideration the humble position of Hismaidservant, because behold, from now on all generations will refer to me asblessed.
And she gave forth her firstborn Son, wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and spread the word about the saying that had been given them about this Child.
Mary, on the other hand, kept track of everything and pondered it in her heart.
Sixth, in Luke’s genealogy of Christ, the Greek articletou (which means “the”) is missing before Joseph’s name.
The following is another observation by Godet: “In the genealogy of Matthew, the articleton8is used in the same way before each proper name, which clearly demonstrates that it was the typical form that was in fashion in this sort of work.” Consequently, his lack of possession of the article “places Joseph outside the genealogical seriesproperly so designated, and assigns to it apeculiarposition,” as the saying goes.
- 10Perhaps this oddity is a strong indication that Jesus’ lineage is traced via his maternal grandpa (Heli), rather than through his paternal grandfather (Joseph).
- Additionally, Roper thinks that “the sentence ‘being, as presumed, the son of Joseph’ should most likely be interpreted as parenthetical, with the wordsson of Eli referring to Jesus rather than Joseph.” In the end, A.T.
- 38) reliant on the phrase “as was supposed.” 15 The Greek manuscripts of the New Testament do not have parenthesis in Luke 3:23, as well as any other kind of punctuation throughout the whole text of the New Testament (which English Bible translators have added in attempts at greater clarity).
- If this more specific statement had been rendered parenthetical long ago, fewer people may have had difficulty identifying Mary’s lineage in Luke’s genealogy of Christ.
His virgin mother (not his stepfather) was traced back to David, Abraham, and Adam, rather than via the spiritual lineage of Jesus. Such a logically feasible explanation absolves Luke and Matthew of any responsibility for any errors in their accounts of Jesus’ genealogy.
1Dennis McKinsey (1995), The Encyclopedia of Biblical Errancy (Amherst, NY: Prometheus), p. 46. 2Dennis McKinsey (1995), The Encyclopedia of Biblical Errancy (Amherst, NY: Prometheus), p. 46. The same source states on page 80 that 3) David Roper, Truth for Today Commentary: The Life of Christ (Searcy, AR: Resource Publications), 1:43 (David Roper, 2003). 4Adam Clarke’s Commentary (Adam Clarke’s Commentary, 1996). (Electronic Database: Biblesoft). Indeed, Dave Miller said that “the Jews did not have a term to represent this notion, so they simply used the word’son’.” In the International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, “Daughter” (1996) is included as an example (Electronic Database: Biblesoft).
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- Luke It is said that “the Definite Article (the) has a variety of ends (e.g., uandn —EL), which demonstrate how the word it represents functions in the sentence” (see “Grammar: The Definite Article,” inShirley’s Greek Courses, p.
- 9 Godet’s number is 128.
- Lenski (1961), The Interpretation of St.
- 219 (emphasis added in original).
- Jesus was not Joseph’s biological son, despite the fact that it was widely accepted.
- 261 (emphasis added in the original).
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Joseph the Father of Jesus
HOWEVER, what happened to Joseph, the father of Jesus, is a mystery. ANSWER:We know very little about Jesus’ life and early years before His public ministry began. Beyond Christ’s birth, there is no mention of any childhood experiences in the gospels, with the exception of a single allusion recorded in the Gospel of Luke. It is the very last occasion that Joseph, Jesus’ adopted father, is mentioned in any of the gospel accounts. In Luke 2:41, it says: “Every year for the Feast of the Passover, his parents traveled to Jerusalem to be with him.
After the Feast was ended and his parents were on their way home, the boy Jesus remained in Jerusalem, but they were completely oblivious of what had happened.
After that, they began hunting for him among their family and friends, and eventually found him.
After three days, they discovered him in the temple courtyards, where he was sitting among the professors, paying attention to them and asking them questions about their subjects.
His parents were taken aback when they met him for the first time.
‘Your father and I have been looking for you with bated breath.’ ‘Can you tell me why you were looking for me?’ he questioned.
However, they were unable to comprehend what he was saying to them.
His mother, on the other hand, held all of these things close to her heart.
He is aware that Joseph and Mary had children following the birth of Jesus, including James, Joses, Simon, and other offspring.
When Joseph learned of Mary’s pregnancy for the first time, he did not want to submit Mary to public ridicule.
According to Matthew 1:24-25, “When Joseph awoke, he immediately followed the instructions of the angel of the Lord and welcomed Mary into his home as his wife.
And he gave him the name Jesus as a result of this.” As seen by his celebration of Passover, the last reference to Joseph in the Gospel of Luke reveals that Joseph was a fervent follower of the traditions of his religion.
It means that Joseph made ensured that the youngsters in his family received sound spiritual teaching. Joseph demonstrated his integrity and readiness to be faithful to God’s counsel and guidance by acting in this manner.