The Bible offers no evidence that Joseph was older than Mary . “We know virtually nothing about Joseph , and no age is mentioned for either Joseph or Mary in the Gospels,” says Paula Fredriksen, professor emerita of scripture at Boston University, and author of Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.
But by the time Jesus begins his public ministry at age 30 , Joseph is notably absent. Mary is accompanied by Jesus or other relatives in all accounts, and entrusted to John at the cross, suggesting no direct male relatives were alive. So Joseph died when Jesus was some where between 12 and 30 years old .
Some apocryphal accounts state that at the time of her betrothal to Joseph, Mary was 12–14 years old . According to ancient Jewish custom, Mary could have been betrothed at about 12. Hyppolitus of Thebes says that Mary lived for 11 years after the death of her son Jesus, dying in 41 AD.
‘ ” The circumstances of Joseph’s death are unknown, except that he probably died before Jesus’ public ministry began and was certainly dead before the Crucifixion (John 19:26–27).
Jesus ‘ brothers and sisters The Gospel of Mark (6:3) and the Gospel of Matthew (13:55–56) mention James, Joseph/Joses, Judas/Jude and Simon as brothers of Jesus , the son of Mary .
The Marriage of the Virgin is the subject in Christian art depicting the marriage of the Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph . The marriage is not mentioned in the canonical Gospels but is covered in several apocryphal sources and in later redactions, notably the 14th century compilation the Golden Legend.
The earliest Christians maintained that Jesus was a human being who was made God – a god – a divine being. Later they ended up saying that Jesus was born to the union of God and a mortal because the Holy Spirit came upon Mary and that’s how she conceived Jesus , so Jesus literally had God as his father.
Authenticity. A legend, which was first mentioned by Epiphanius of Salamis in the 4th century AD, purported that Mary may have spent the last years of her life in Ephesus, Turkey . The Ephesians derived it from John’s presence in the city, and Jesus’ instructions to John to take care of Mary after his death.
Summary of Jesus ‘ life He was born to Joseph and Mary sometime between 6 bce and shortly before the death of Herod the Great (Matthew 2; Luke 1:5) in 4 bce. According to Matthew and Luke, however, Joseph was only legally his father .
Most of the ancient commentators of the Bible interpreted it as meaning that Joseph was law abiding, and as such decided to divorce Mary in keeping with Mosaic Law when he found her pregnant by another. However, his righteousness was tempered by mercy and he thus kept the affair private.
In Nazareth, a city in the northern region of Galilee, a young girl named Mary was betrothed to Joseph , of the house of David. Before their marriage , an angel named Gabriel was sent to Mary and said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary , for you have found favor with God.”
The Gospel of Luke says Mary is a virgin betrothed to Joseph , while the Gospel of Matthew says Jesus’ virginal conception happens before Mary lives with Joseph in his house, because, in a Jewish wedding, by being betrothed to a man, the woman is already his wife, yet she does not start living in his house until the
Patronage. Pope Pius IX proclaimed Saint Joseph the patron of the Universal Church in 1870. Having died in the “arms of Jesus and Mary” according to Catholic tradition, he is considered the model of the pious believer who receives grace at the moment of death, in other words, the patron of a happy death.
Matthew begins by calling Jesus the son of David , indicating his royal origin, and also son of Abraham , indicating that he was an Israelite; both are stock phrases, in which son means descendant, calling to mind the promises God made to David and to Abraham .