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Friday, June 17, 2011

What about Joseph?

Mary the mother of Jesus is talked about a lot in the New Testament. It even mentions her being present at and after the crucifixion. Mary was an active part in the life and ministry of Jesus. What about Joseph? Not much is mentioned about Joseph expect for what is talked about while Mary is expecting. Why is Joseph not mentioned much in the New Testament? Is his absence in the ministry of Jesus because the New Testament writers didn't want the focus to be on him as being the father of Jesus? Was Joseph faithful? Did Joseph believe in Jesus being the messiah? Was Joseph dead during the time of Jesus ministry and crucifixion? What are your thoughts on Joseph? Is there anything we can learn from him? If so, what is it? What kind of father was Joseph and does it reflect in Jesus?

What do you think?
Share your thoughts.

11 Comments:

Anonymous Wendy said...

My interpretation is that it is most likely he had died by the time Jesus began his public ministry.

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Blogger preacherman said...

Thanks Wendy. I have thought that myself as well.

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Blogger Roger said...

Some of the older churches (like the Catholic and Orthodox) teach that Joseph was a relatively old man (60+?) when he was scheduled to marry Mary, who was dedicated to Temple service until puberty. So when Mary began to physically mature, she was "given" to Joseph as a bride, who was expected to preserve her virginity (having been dedicated to God) while supporting her. So it makes sense that Joseph had died before Jesus began His earthly ministry.

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