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First of all, Joseph was not Jesus biological father in any understanding since Mary conceived by a miraculous intervention of the Holy Spirit before she was joined to Joseph and the text tells us they refrained from intercourse until after Jesus birth. However in the eyes of the law of the time, Joseph was the father. More than just a legal guardian, by ...


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The genealogy in the gospel of Matthew is definitely the genealogy of Joseph, and the genealogy in Luke's Gospel is most likely that of Mary. This coincides with the primary audiences of the two books (Mathew the Jews, and Luke the Gentiles). Mathew would want to show according to Jewish tradition that Jesus was both a Jew and a Son of David. Luke was trying ...


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The books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John can be seen to present Christ as King, Servant, Man, and God (in that order). See E.W. Bullinger's wonderful book Number in Scriptures for more on this topic (the chapter on the number seven). As Bullinger puts it, a king must have a genealogy, and a man should have one. You'll notice that Matthew's genealogy starts ...


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As noted above by Igantius Theophorus, there exist some early Christian documents that attempt to deal with the conflict between the presence of Jesus' siblings and the perpetual virginity of Mary—Joseph as a widower seems to have been a favorite. So, for example, the Flight to Egypt as depicted artistically often includes Jesus' brother James leading the ...


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St. Joseph is the terror of Demons because all of demons effort is nullified if one seeks refuge to St. Joseph and also because he is pure, and demons cannot stand against his purity. Even though there is no official dogmatic pronunciation in this regard by the Catholic church, numerous private revelationsexample and traditions have held that St. Joseph, ...


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SO, according to Tradition, Joseph had long since passed when Jesus even began his ministry, making him ineligible. The next question is "Why didn't Jesus entrust his mother to one of his step-brothers then?" There is no substantial evidence that he had step-brothers. As the Aramaic word for "brother" is better understood "kinsman", it is quite possible ...


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There are some debates about this because these genealogies do not have every name along the branches but certain representative names. Most sources I have encountered think Matthew proves Christ was legally entitled to the throne of David as a legal ancestor to David through his father by law.  Luke on the other hand traces the  the physical lineage through ...


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Spikenard has nothing in particular to do with Joseph. What is going on, is the following. There is an apocryphal tradition to do with how Joseph and Mary were married. Variants of the story can be found in the Protoevangelium of James, Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew, Armenian Infancy Gospel, Book of the Nativity of Mary, and History of Joseph the Carpenter; and ...


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The Wrong Representative It seems you are making several assumptions. The first appears to be that John represents the entire church and that the naming of Mary as John's mother actually makes her the mother of the entire church. If that were so, it would be difficult to explain why it was not Peter who was used as the representative. He is believed to ...


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Behold thy mother: What Does Jesus Mean By Such Utterance in John 19:26-27? The teaching of the Roman Catholic church that Jesus entrusted his physical mother as the spiritual mother of the church is unfounded in these texts. In fact, that sort of interpretation is out of context. Jesus entrusted his mother to the care of John (John 19:26,27). Jesus ...


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The lineage in Matthew follows Joseph, which would be Jesus' legal lineage to David. The lineage in Luke follows Mary, which would be Jesus' natural lineage to Adam. Both run through David, which qualifies him as an heir by either natural or legal lineage.


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Just because someone is not literally born of a specific man, does not discount him from that lineage. Joseph was not the cause of Jesus' birth, but he certainly accepted Him into his family and helped raise him well. We see this in the story of Abraham, where even his servants under his household were instructed to receive the symbol of circumcision, and ...


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There is no reconciliation needed. The Bible is the perfect inerrant Word of God. Scripture interprets Scripture and Mary the mother of Jesus did not remain a virgin after Jesus' birth and had other sons and daughters. Let no one pervert the Word of God or lean on their own understanding. To read into the Bible anything else or draw from non Biblical texted ...


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There is no source in the bible (or anywhere else that I know of) which states how many other wives Joseph had. There are many a scripture which talk about Jesus's 'brothers. (Mt 12:46, Mk 3:31, Lk 8:19, Mk 6:3) which is troublesome, but the notes in my bible read thus: In semitic usage the terms 'brother' and 'sister' are applied not only to children of ...


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There is one ancient source which lists Joseph as a widower and that the "brothers of the Lord" were only half(??? step???) brothers of Christ. It does not appear to be a listing of the number of wives that Joseph had, simply that he had had at least one (and thus "widower"). There are those, however, who would say that Joseph was similarly celibate and ...


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Joseph was not, of course, the actual father of Jesus. He did not have sexual relations with Mary until after they were married, but she became pregnant before her marriage and an angel told Joseph it was the Holy Spirit that had impregnated her. Although Joseph does not get much Bible space, he did father children with Mary, James for example. According ...


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If we look at the part from Matthew, it is clear that Mary knew she was pregnant, or was getting pregnant before Joseph did. Joseph thinks about putting her away before he has a dream where he is told to stay with her. Matthew 1:19: 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away ...


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Jesus being an Eternal God chose a human instrument to come into this world in a miraculous way, he chose the path as the prophecies predicted his human lineage. So, Jesus getting into a family by a miracle as well as his human lineage, go hand in hand. There is no contradiction, but each complement and give a whole picture for our understanding.


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One thing that I found disturbing in comments for this question is to read that God was the father of Jesus. For Christians, it is blasphemous to say that God had a son. Jesus being called the Son of God was to portray that Jesus was same in likeness as God which meant that He was God incarnate. Regarding lineage of Jesus it just a notional that Jesus was ...


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I think it was for the same reason that Jesus was Baptized and the same reason Mary was purified.  Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented. (Matt 3:15 NIV)  When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to ...


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Short answer: because both the right to be king (which Matthew traces) and the legal guardianship (which Luke traces) came through the father. Long answer: Matthew's genealogy is traced through the right to be king. A theme in Matthew is the kingship of Jesus. This starts in ch1, where Jesus is called the "son of David" (Mat 1:1) - Joseph is called the ...



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