- 1 CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: St. Joseph
- 2 Life
- 3 Devotion to Saint Joseph
- 4 About this page
- 5 Saint Joseph
- 6 Who Was Saint Joseph?
- 7 Fact and Fiction
- 8 Marriage to Mary
- 9 Death and Sainthood
- 10 Fact Check
- 11 How old was Joseph when he married and when he died?
- 12 Saint Joseph
- 13 Question of Faith: What happened to St. Joseph
- 14 How did St. Joseph die?
- 15 Was St. Joseph an Old Man or a Young Man? How Old was St. Joseph When He Married Mary? The Bible Tells Us St. Joseph’s Exact Age
- 15.1 Is St. Joseph an Old Man or a Young Man? How to Determine St. Joseph’s Age from the Bible
- 15.2 The Age of Zechariah Compared to the Age of St. Joseph
- 15.3 What was St. Joseph’s Age at the Time of Jesus’ Conception and Mary’s Annunciation?
- 15.4 Philo of Alexandria Provides The Ages of Manhood
- 15.5 Note Also How Philo’s Reference to Hippocrates Connects to Luke,Specifically
- 15.6 So, How Old was St. Joseph when He Married Mary? How Old was St. Joseph when Jesus was Born?
- 15.7 How Old Was St. Joseph When He Died?
- 15.8 Later Apocryphal Texts Describe a MUCH Older St. Joseph
- 15.9 Old Men Don’t Walk Into Egypt? Hey, What About Abraham?
- 15.10 A Note on St. Joseph’s Age and the Perpetual Virginity of Mary
- 16 St. Joseph – Saints & Angels
- 17 Who is Saint Joseph? Everything You Need to Know
CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: St. Joseph
Please consider making a donation to New Advent in order to receive the complete contents of this website as an immediate download. A single purchase of $19.99 provides access to the Catholic Encyclopedia, Church Fathers, Summa Theologica, Bible, and other resources. He was the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the foster-father of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
While the apocryphal literature is replete with information about St. Joseph’s life, as well as about many other aspects of the Savior’s history that have been left untouched by the canonical writings, the non-admission of these works into theCanon of the Sacred Books casts a strong doubt on the veracity of their contents. As a result, the first and third Gospels are the primary sources of information about St. Joseph’s life; they are also the only reliable Apocryphal productions that deal more or less extensively with some episodes in St.
St. Matthew (1:16) refers to St. Joseph as Jacob’s son; according to St. Luke (3:23), Heli was Joseph’s paternal grandfather. It is not the purpose of this paper to list the many and varied attempts to resolve the vexing questions arising from the divergences between both genealogies; nor is it necessary to point out the explanation that best meets all of the requirements of the problem (seeG ENEALOGY OFC HRIST); rather, it is to remind the reader that, contrary to what was once advocated, most modern writers readily admit that we have the genealogy of Joseph in both documents, and that it is quite possible that Joseph
It indicates that Joseph was born in Bethlehem, the city of David and his descendants, rather than in any other place in the world. When the account of the Gospels begins, which is a few months before the Annunciation, Joseph has already established himself in Nazareth. It is unclear why and when he decided to leave his hometown and go to Galilee; some speculate — and this speculation is not without merit — that the family’s moderate circumstances at the time, as well as the necessity of making a livelihood, may have prompted the move.
Joseph was an atekton, or a person who ate.
Justinvouches for the latter connotation (Dialogue with Trypho88), and tradition has accepted this reading, which is reflected in the English translation of the Bible.
It is likely that Josephbetrothed and married the woman who would go on to become the Mother of God while in Nazareth. It is difficult to determine when the marriage took place, whether it took place before or after the Incarnation, and the masters of exegesis have always been at odds on this subject. Most moderncommentators, following in the footsteps of St. Thomas, believe that the Blessed Virgin was only engaged to Joseph at the time of the Annunciation; as St. Thomas observes, this reading is more consistent with all of the biblical facts.
Joseph’s marriage that have been preserved in theapocryphal texts.
They were married for forty-nine years and had six children, two girls and four boys, the youngest of them was James (the Less, “the Lord’s brother”).
Joseph, who was ninety years old at the time, traveled to Jerusalem to be among the candidates; a miracle confirmed that God had chosen Joseph, and two years later the Annunciation took place.
Jerome describes them, have provided inspiration for many a Christian artist (see, for example, Raphael’s “Espousals of the Virgin”), they have gained popularity over time; in them some ecclesiastical writers sought an answer to the well-known difficulty arising from the mention in the Gospel of “the Lord’s brothers”; and from them, contrary to all probability, as well as contrary to the tr, popular cred
This marriage, which was real and full, was intended to be a virgin marriage, according to the wishes of the partners (cf.St. Augustine, “De cons. Evang.”, II, I in P.L. XXXIV, 1071-72; “Cont. Julian.”, V, xii, 45 in P.L. XLIV, 810;St. Thomas,III:28;III:29:2). However, Joseph’s confidence in his wife was soon put to the test when it was discovered that she was expecting a child. Regardless of how painful the discovery must have been for him, given his ignorance of the Mystery of the Incarnation, his delicate feelings prevented him from defaming his affianced, and he resolved “to put her away privately; but while he was thinking on these things, behold the angel of the Lordappeared to him in his sleep, saying: Joseph, son of David, fear not to take unto theeMarythy wife, for that which is conceived in her, is (Matthew 1:19, 20, 24).
The Nativity and the flight to Egypt
In just a few months, the time came for Joseph and Mary to travel to Bethlehem and register with the Roman authorities, as ordered by Caesar Augustus. This was a new source of worry for Joseph, as “her days had come to an end, that she should be delivered,” and “there was no room for them at the inn” (Luke 2:1-7). We can only speculate about what was going through the mind of the holyman at the time of the birth of theSaviour, the arrival of the shepherds and the wise men, and the events that took place at the time of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple; St.
New trials were scheduled to begin shortly after.
“An angel of the Lord came to Joseph in his sleep, saying: Arise, and take the child and his mother, and go into Egypt: and remain there till I shall tell thee,” the Bible says (Matthew 2:13).
Return to Nazareth
After only a few years, the Holy Family was summoned back to Palestine, where they re-established themselves in the city of Nazareth. As a result, St. Joseph’s became the basic and uneventful life of anhumbleJew who supported himself and his family via his labor while remaining true to the religious activities prescribed by the Lawor and practiced by devout Israelites. In the Gospel, the sole important event described is the disappearance of Jesus, then twelve years old, and the subsequent search for Him in the Holy City, during the monthly pilgrimage to the Holy City (Luke 2:42-51).
St. Joseph is mentioned only once more in the sacred texts after this, and we may safely assume that Jesus’ foster-father died before the commencement of the Savior’s public ministry. The Gospels do, in fact, mention the latter’s mother and brothers on a number of occasions (Matthew 12:46; Mark 3:31; Luke 8:19; John 7:3), but they never mention His father in the context of the rest of the family; instead, they tell us only that Our Lord was referred to as the son of Joseph (John 1:45; 6:42; Luke 4:22), the carpenter, during His public life (Matthew 1:45; (Matthew 13:55).
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In accordance with theapocryphal”Story of Joseph the Carpenter,” the holyman had reached his hundred and eleventh year when he died on July 20, according to the legend (A.D.
He was ninety years old at the time of his death, according to St.
While we do not know exactly when St. Joseph died, it is highly doubtful that he lived to the ripe old age described in the “Story of Joseph” and St. Epiphanius’s “Life of Joseph.” His death and burial at Nazareth are both highly likely scenarios.
Devotion to Saint Joseph
Joseph was described as “a just man.” Saint Joseph has been honored by the Church for his role as Jesus’ foster-father and as the spouse of the Virgin Mother, which is based on the praise granted by the Holy Ghost and the privilege of having been selected by God to be their foster-father and spouse. Because these roots are so solid, it is not unexpected that the cult of St. Joseph has taken such a long time to gain widespread recognition and acceptance. The fact that “during the early centuries of the Church’s existence, it was only the Martyrs who were honored” is the most significant factor in this (Kellner).
Joseph’s prerogatives were not ignored or passed over in silence during the early Christian ages; even those eulogies that cannot be attributed to the authors whose works they were found in bear witness to the fact that the ideas and devotion expressed therein were familiar, not only to theologians and preachers, and must have been readily accepted by the people.
- Joseph may be found in the Eastern Orthodox churches.
- Nicephorus Callistus also claims — though he does not specify on what source he is basing this claim — that in the magnificent basilica built at Bethlehem by St.
- Certainly, the feast of “Joseph the Carpenter” is recorded on 20 July in one of the ancient CopticCalendars in our possession, as well as in aSynazarium from the eighth and ninth centuries, both of which were published by Cardinal Mai (Script.
- Nova Coll., IV, 15 sqq.).
- Joseph on the 25th or 26th of December, and a twofold remembrance of him and other saints was held on the two Sundays before and after Christmas, respectively.
- The devotion, which had been primarily private at the time, appears to have gained significant momentum as a result of the influence and enthusiasm of saintly figures such as St.
- Thomas Aquinas, St.
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Joseph,’ writes Pope Benedict XIV in De Serv.
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His feast, which was added to the DominicanCalendar around the end of the century and shortly thereafter, progressively obtained a footing in many dioceses throughout Western Europe.
Vincent Ferrer (d.
Bernadine of Siena (d.
Gerson, who had authored an Office of the Espousals of Joseph in 1400, was instrumental in advancing the public acknowledgement of the worship of St.
The efforts of these holymen were first recognized by the RomanCalendar under the papacy of Sixtus IV (1471-1484).
Since then, the devotion has grown in popularity, and the importance of the feast has increased in tandem with this constant increase in numbers of devotees.
The name was also included in the Litany of the Saints by Pope Benedict XIII, who did so in 1726.
The Feast of the Espousals of the Blessed Virgin and St.
Not only that, but the reformedOrder of Carmelites, into which St.
It was then decided that any states and dioceses who requested the privilege would be granted it, and the feast was quickly accepted across the Spanish Kingdom.
Consequently, Pope Pius IX, who was himself a great admirer of St.
The Popes Leo XIII and Pius Xhave both expressed a desire to add their own jewel to the crown of St.
Joseph, following in the footsteps of their predecessors: the former by allowing the reading of the Saint’s Prayer on certain days; and the latter by approving, on March 18, 1909, alitanyin honor of the person whose name he had received in baptism.
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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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How old was Joseph when he married and when he died?
Q. There isn’t a lot of information about Joseph in the Bible. Is it possible to find out how old he was when he married Mary? How old was he when he died, what caused his death, and how old was Jesus when he died are all unknowns. Due to the fact that we don’t hear much about Joseph in the Bible, we don’t have definitive answers to any of these questions. We do know that in New Testament times, Jewish women were frequently married when they were in their mid-teens, whereas Jewish men were often married when they were a little older, perhaps around twenty, once they had gained some financial stability and were able to support a wife.
- According to the gospels, Joseph was at the very least still alive when Jesus was twelve years old, if not older.
- However, Joseph appears to have died by the time Jesus reached the age of thirty and began his ministry.
- We don’t know how Joseph died or how old he was when he died, other than the fact that if he married around the age of 20, and died by the time Jesus was 30, he would have died before the age of 50.
- However, we have no way of knowing whether he died as a result of illness, an accident, or some other cause.
- That he was a righteous man who did not want Mary to be humiliated in public, and that he accepted the difficult role of being the earthly adoptive father to the Son of God, is what we remember about him.
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From c.1 to c.100, the population flourished. Members of the family who are notable include: the spouse Mary Known in the New Testament as Jesus’ earthly father and the Virgin Mary’s husband, St. Joseph (who lived in the first centuryce in Nazareth, Galilee, region of Palestine; principal feast day March 19, Feast of St. Josephthe Worker May 1) is a saint who lived in Nazareth, Galilee, region of Palestine. Throughout Roman Catholicism, St. Joseph is known as the “patron of the universal church,” and his life is chronicled in the Gospels, notably in Matthew and Luke.
- After marrying Mary, he discovered that she was already pregnant and, “being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace” (Matthew 1:19), he decided to divorce her quietly.
- Following the angel’s instructions, Joseph married Mary.
- While he was there, an angel came to Joseph again, this time alerting him of Herod’s death and urging him to travel to the Holy Land immediately.
- After his death, Joseph and Mary spent the rest of their lives searching for the missing child Jesus in Jerusalem, where they eventually discovered him in the Temple (Luke 2:41–49).
- “Did you not realize that I was required to be in my Father’s house?” According to John 19:26–27, the circumstances of Joseph’s death are unclear, save that he died before Jesus’ public ministry began and was almost likely deceased before the Crucifixion.
- Joseph is a saint who is venerated in Italy.
- Joseph and Jesus, which may be seen in the church of Millegem, Belgium.
- The 2nd-century Protevangelium of James and the 4th-centuryHistory of Joseph the Carpenter both portray him as a widower with children at the time of his betrothal to Mary, which adds to the uncertainty around the topic of Jesus’ siblings and sisters in the first century.
- The only reliable source of information on Joseph is available in the Gospels, because later religious legends damage his image and contribute to the delay in commemorating him.
- Pope Sixtus IV, who inaugurated the devotion in Rome in 1479, and the famed 16th-century mystic St.
- Joseph was already the patron saint of Mexico, Canada, and Belgium when Pope Pius IX named him the patron saint of the global church in 1870.
On May 1, 1955, Pope Pius XII established theFeast of St. Joseph the Worker as a counter-celebration to communists’ May Day, which was celebrated the previous day. Melissa Petruzzello was the author of the most recent revision and update to this article.
Question of Faith: What happened to St. Joseph
San Geremia is a parish in the city of San Francisco (Venice) Francesco Maggiotto died in San Giuseppe, Italy, in 1805. When did St. Joseph die, and were Mary and Jesus present when he passed away. What is the location of his grave? Joseph, Jesus’ foster father as well as the Virgin Mary’s husband, plays a vital part in the history of the salvation of mankind. Despite the fact that we know so little about his life, he continues to serve as a model of parenting as well as the patron and guardian of the entire Church.
- Joseph” in order to draw attention to his significance (through Dec.
- THE RIGHTEOUS MAN Despite the fact that the Scriptures include just a few information concerning St.
- In the Gospel of Matthew, Joseph plays a pivotal part in the lives of Mary and Jesus.
- Joseph is mentioned only once in Luke’s Gospel, and he is relegated to the background.
- Neither the Letters of St.
- Joseph, nor does he appear in any of the other New Testament volumes.
- Joseph, albeit they are generally regarded as untrustworthy.
His marriage to Mary was foreshadowed by the arrival of a dove on his shoulder, according to the tale of the two lovers.
Despite his concern, he agreed to the engagement.
Regardless of his age, both canonical and non-scriptural accounts portray him as a guardian of Mary and Jesus, regardless of his gender.
Joseph’s latter years, we may assume that he was no longer alive by the time Jesus began his public ministry in the first century AD.
A few extra facts, collected from sources other than the Bible, provide further information on his death.
According to the History of Joseph the Carpenter (4th Century), the archangels Michael and Gabriel appeared to him as he was about to breathe his last.
Joseph’s burial has not been determined.
It was in the Garden of Gethsemane, according to St.
It is more likely, however, that he died and was buried in Nazareth, where the family had lived when Jesus was a child and young adult.
Joseph grew, the specifics of his life became less important than his witness and intercessory role on the part of the faithful.
Joseph is the patron saint of a happy death, in part because of the tradition that Jesus and Mary were present when he died, and in part because of his role in the life of Jesus and Mary.
He also has a special devotion to fathers, workers, and travelers.
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How did St. Joseph die?
The life of St. Joseph, the foster father of Jesus, is mostly unknown in terms of historical facts. He is barely referenced a handful of times in the Gospels, and he never speaks anything. Most biblical scholars, on the other hand, think that Joseph died before Jesus was crucified. In part, this is owing to the fact that Joseph was not there at the crucifixion, and because in the Gospel of John, Jesus entrusts his mother to someone who is not a member of his immediate family (cf. John 19:27).
- A wonderful vision, one that has prompted the Catholic Church to name Joseph the patron saint of those who die in a “happy death.” More information may be found at: When you’re afraid of dying, here are 5 prayers to say.
- The incident is described in detail in her book ” Mystical City of God,” where it is documented as a private revelation.
- Joseph bowed his head to the ground and prayed to the sweetest Jesus, who took him into his arms and cradled him in his arms.
- For having selected me to be the husband of thy real Mother, in thine sublime condescension, I praise and glorify Thee, and I express my eternal and deep gratitude to Thee.
- ‘ At these words of Jesus, while relaxing in his arms, the most fortunate of all saints, Saint Joseph, passed away, and Jesus himself closed his eyes.
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Was St. Joseph an Old Man or a Young Man? How Old was St. Joseph When He Married Mary? The Bible Tells Us St. Joseph’s Exact Age
Was St. Joseph an elderly gentleman or a youthful gentleman? We are told by Mother Angelica that “old men do not walk into Egypt.” But, can we be a little more specific than that? Yes! Our knowledge of St. Joseph’s precise age comes from the Bible. We may establish St. Joseph’s precise age at the time of Jesus’ conception, birth, and marriage to the Virgin Mary by looking at the dates of those events. Everything is written in the original Greek. This is going to be a hit with you. We’ve finally received a response!
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- Joseph, I was moved to write my own Consecration to St.
Joseph for Children and Families. I’m delighted to report that Father Calloway and I will be co-authoring a book, The Consecration to St. Joseph for Children and Families, which will be published in May. We anticipate that it will be released sometime during the month of St. Joseph in 2019.
Is St. Joseph an Old Man or a Young Man? How to Determine St. Joseph’s Age from the Bible
Do you know if St. Joseph was an old or a young man? According to Mother Angelica, “old men do not travel into Egypt.” Are there any more details we might provide? Yes! Saint Joseph’s precise age is revealed in the Bible. He was born around 1830. Using historical records, we may establish St. Joseph’s precise age at the time of Jesus’ conception, birth, and marriage to Mary. There are no translations available because everything is in the original Greek. This is going to be a hit with everyone.
- Joseph’s life, and it is one of my favorite things he has ever taught me!
- Joseph, let’s talk about him a little bit more.
- Joseph that I was moved to write a Consecration to St.
- My excitement is building as I reveal that Father Calloway and I will be co-authoring a book, The Consecration to St.
- We anticipate that it will be released sometime during the month of St.
The Age of Zechariah Compared to the Age of St. Joseph
Zechariah has just been informed that God has answered his petitions, according to Luke 1:18. Elizabeth will become the mother of a kid in her old age. Zechariah inquires of the angel, “How am I to know this?” Because I am an elderly guy, and my wife is well into her golden years. Presbytes. Hold on to that thought for a moment. Only a few verses later, a different term is used to refer to “man.” Another term for “man” is used to describe St. Joseph in Luke 1:26-27, and it is as follows: The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the family of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.
What is the significance of these two terms in determining St.
What was St. Joseph’s Age at the Time of Jesus’ Conception and Mary’s Annunciation?
For St. Joseph and Zechariah, Luke uses two distinct adjectives to characterize them, both in the span of a couple of verses:
- For St. Joseph and Zechariah, Luke uses two distinct adjectives to characterize them, both in the span of a couple of verses.
You could be thinking to yourself, “Wow, that’s wonderful.” The question is, how do these phrases inform us how old St. Joseph is?
Philo of Alexandria Provides The Ages of Manhood
In Jewish culture, distinct terms for men were associated with certain age groups, as seen by the following table. When it comes to the ages of men in English, we have particular terminology for each age group: infants and toddlers; boys and children; adolescents; men; middle-aged men; and elderly men, among other things. Most of the time, these phrases do not match to precise ages. However, in Judaism, they do. Church Father Philo of Alexandria specifies the particular ages that correlate to these terms: newborn, toddler; boy; kid; adolescent; man; middle-aged man; old man; according to the Church Fathers.
- INTRODUCTION TO THE CREATION (A Treatise on Moses’ Account of the Creation of the World, as Told by Moses)XXXVI (105) Solon calculates the length of a person’s life by dividing it into the aforementioned 10 periods of seven years.
- In his words, “There are seven seasons in the essence of man, which mankind refer to by the term of ages; infancy, childhood, boyhood, and all of the rest.” He remains a baby until he reaches the age of seven, at which point he begins to lose his teeth.
- He has seven years left till his beard begins to grow, which will mark the end of his third phase of seven years.
- In the next year, until his forty-ninth year, he is a man (Gk.andria, alsoánra), or seven times seven periods.
Was it till your beard began to grow that you realized you were a boy? According to legend, the beard is the gateway to manhood (Gk.andri). (I’m relieved that it isn’t the entrance to womanhood.) The following is a summary of the ages of man, according to Philo and Hippocrates, as stated above:
- Infancy through seven years of age (the first seven)
- Childhood through four years of age (the second seven)
- Boy through fourteen years of age (the third seven)
- Youth through twenty-eight years of age (the fourth seven)
- Man through thirty-five years of age (the sixth seven)
- Man through forty-five years of age (the seventh seven)
- Old man through fifty-five years of age (the ninth seven)
- And man through fifty-five years of age (the tenth seven).
Even more significantly, do you note that the identical two Greek terms that we found in the Gospel of Luke are used here as well? Again, we haveandriandpresbytes, which stand for “man” and “middle-aged man” in the plural:
- “Man” orandriiis the 5th, 6th, and 7th seven-year periods or ages 28-49
- “Middle-aged man” orpresbytesis the 8th seven-year period or ages 49-56
- “Young man” orandriiis the 5th, 6th, and 7th seven-year periods or ages 28-49
- “Middle-aged woman” orandriiis the 5th, 6th, and 7th seven-year periods or
From this, we might deduce that St. Joseph was somewhere between the ages of 28 and 49 when Christ was conceived in the Virgin Mary and born. Because he was a apresbytes, Zechariah was between the ages of 49 and 56. That’s all there is to it!
Note Also How Philo’s Reference to Hippocrates Connects to Luke,Specifically
There’s no way Philo came up with these phrases on his own. Take a look at who Philo is paraphrasing. Hippocrates! That Luke would be conversant with Philo’s jargon doesn’t even come into consideration. It’s only a question of whether Luke is comfortable with medical jargon or not. Hippocrates was widely regarded as the greatest Greek physician. Hippocrates has even been referred to as the “Father of Medicine.” During the Age of Pericles, or approximately the 4th century BC, Hippocrates was active as a physician.
- He is also known as the Father of Medicine.
- Consider who Luke was in the first place.
- What makes you believe Luke would have been familiar with the works of Hippocrates?
- Would Luke, the physician, have been aware of Hippocrates’ teachings?
- It was so popular, in fact, that even Philo of Alexandria, a non-physician, non-pagan, and non-Greeklike figure, is credited with repeating it.
So, How Old was St. Joseph when He Married Mary? How Old was St. Joseph when Jesus was Born?
In the same chapter of the Gospel of St. Luke, a distinction is made between two different words for “man” -andriandpresbytes – that are used interchangeably. Because St. Joseph is referred to as a “man” orandri, we can estimate his age to be between 28 and 49 years old when he married the Virgin Mary and when Mary conceived Jesus in her womb, putting him somewhere between 28 and 49. (also called the Annunciation or Incarnation). What do you think about that for specificity? Isn’t it incredible?
Joseph has been a source of contention among scholars for more than a millennium.
Isaac, another prefigurement of Jesus, may have been the same age as St.
Here is a link to an article about Isaac’s age:
How Old Was St. Joseph When He Died?
When two terms for “man” are used in the same chapter in the Gospel of St. Luke, the Gospel of St. Luke draws a difference between them: andrian and presbytes. In light of the fact that St. Joseph is referred to as a “man” orandri, we can estimate his age to be between 28 and 49 years old when he married the Virgin Mary and when Mary became pregnant with Jesus in her womb (also called the Annunciation or Incarnation). And how’s that for a focus on the details? How fantastic is that? Isn’t it incredible?
Isaac, another prefigurement of Jesus, may have been the same age as St. Joseph when Jesus began his public ministry (30) or was crucified (33), as was another prefigurement of Jesus, Joseph. Here’s an article about Isaac’s age that you might find interesting.
Later Apocryphal Texts Describe a MUCH Older St. Joseph
There is an apocryphal document named “History of Joseph the Carpenter” that has been published. In its original form, it was composed several centuries after the time of Jesus and the Apostles. The earliest known account of Joseph the Carpenter goes back to the fifth or sixth centuries BCE. The detailed tale of Joseph the Carpenter’s tranquil death is included in The History of Joseph the Carpenter. According to the work, St. Joseph died when he was 111 years old. This passage, on the other hand, also mentions Jesus’ age at the time of St.
- This appears to be in conflict with the canon of the New Testament, because it provides us with a much earlier St.
- Jesus would have been 19 when St.
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- That is not effective.
- Joseph dying between the ages of 58 and 79 is a far better fit.
- And protect them from all of the thieves and brigands that they come across along the way?
Old Men Don’t Walk Into Egypt? Hey, What About Abraham?
Some people have urged that you should wait. Isn’t Abraham travelling back and forth throughout the Middle East, and isn’t Abraham far over the age of one hundred and fifty-five years? This is an excellent question. However, there is a significant contrast between St. Joseph’s escape to Egypt, which took place “by night” when he was being sought and pursued by Herod’s forces, and Abraham’s caravan journey. Abraham was in fact a “Merchant Prince” who was highly well-to-do in his day. See the following article for further information.
They traveled to Egypt by themselves and with a newborn child.
14 And he awoke in the night and brought the infant and his mother to Egypt, where he died the next day.
First and foremost, the book presents a brief list of those who accompanied St. Joseph to Egypt on two separate occasions. This list does not contain any of the author’s relatives or kinsmen, much less slaves or bodyguards. Additionally, caravans would not leave “at night.”
A Note on St. Joseph’s Age and the Perpetual Virginity of Mary
What caused the apocryphal writings to exaggerate the age of St. Joseph? Later writers tried to make certain that the Virgin Mary was described as being continuously virginal. Traditionally, St. Joseph was shown as an elderly widower in order to provide a separate source of income for Jesus’ brothers and sisters. But this isn’t absolutely essential. The Gospels themselves refer to Jesus as having “brothers” (sisters) (Gk.adelphoi). Adelphoicans are biological brothers, cousins, kinsmen, and other relatives.
These males are later recognized in Mark 16:1 as the sons of Clopas and the other Mary, according to the Bible.
Joseph’s brother and Mary’s sister-in-law, unless the Virgin Mary’s parents had numerous daughters called “Mary,” which is unlikely.
St. Joseph – Saints & Angels
We know absolutely nothing about the husband of Mary and the foster father of Jesus other than what is recorded in Scripture, and even that has seemed insufficient to those who have created tales about him. For example, the doubting Nazarenes inquire about Jesus, “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son?” We know he was a carpenter and a hardworking guy because of his profession. (Matthew 13:55; Mark 10:45). He wasn’t wealthy, as evidenced by the fact that when he brought Jesus to the Temple to be circumcised and Mary to be purified, he offered the sacrifice of two turtledoves or a pair of pigeons, which was only permitted for people who could not afford a lamb (Luke 2:24).
- Although Luke and Matthew dispute on some of the specifics of Joseph’s genealogy, they both acknowledge that he descends from David, the greatest king of Israel, as his ancestor (Matthew 1:1-16 and Luke 3:23-38).
- We are aware that Joseph was a sensitive and loving individual.
- He knew the child was not his, but he had no way of knowing that she was carrying the Son of God.
- However, when an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and informed him of the situation, 20 “Take no fear, Joseph son of David, in taking Mary into your house as your wife, since the Holy Spirit has conceived in her what you are looking for.
- 21 She is to give birth to a boy, and you are to name him Jesus “He followed the angel’s instructions and married Mary as his wife.
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In order to save his family, he instantly sold all he possessed and fled to a foreign nation with his young wife and the baby, abandoning everything he knew and all of his relatives and friends behind.
We already know how much Joseph adored Jesus.
Not only did Joseph flee his family in order to protect Jesus, but he also chose to live in the remote town of Nazareth out of fear for his life when he returned.
We also know that Joseph regarded Jesus as if he were his own son because the people of Nazareth often ask, “Isn’t this the son of Joseph?” when they saw Jesus.
He acted in accordance with God’s instructions in managing the matter with Mary and in traveling to Jerusalem to have Jesus circumcised and Mary cleansed following the birth of Jesus.
In light of the fact that Joseph does not appear in any of Jesus’ public appearances, including at his death and resurrection, many historians assume that he died before Jesus began his public ministry.
Joseph is the patron saint of the dying because, presuming he died before Jesus’ public life, he died with Jesus and Mary near to him, which is the manner in which we would all wish to depart this planet if we had the opportunity.
Joseph is also the patron saint of the United Nations.
March 19 has traditionally been the most widely observed feast day for Joseph, and it wasn’t until 1955 that Pope Pius XII created the Feast of “St.
This is also May Day (International Workers’ Day), which is celebrated to commemorate Joseph’s role as the patron saint of workers, according to tradition.
Joseph is commemorated at several towns and churches across the world, including the Spanish version, San Jose, which is the most widely called place in the world.
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While Joseph is often depicted as an elderly man with grey hair and a beard, frequently balding, and sometimes seeming sickly, he is often depicted as a minor character in the context of Mary and Jesus, if not wholly in the background.
In some depictions, St.
There is so much we still don’t know about Joseph, like where and when he was born, how he spent his days, and when and how he died, to name a few things.
Following in His Steps: Joseph served as Jesus’ foster father.
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Prayer: Saint Joseph, patron of the worldwide Church, keep an eye on the Church with the same care that you kept an eye on Jesus, and assist it in protecting and guiding it as you did with your adopted son. Amen Take pleasure in adding prayers to St Joseph. please visit this site
Who is Saint Joseph? Everything You Need to Know
Lists of items to consider: Lists of items to consider: Saint Joseph is a pivotal character in Christian history, and he is often regarded as the earthly father of Jesus Christ as well as the spouse of the Virgin Mary, Jesus’ mother. In reality, most historical records of his presence have been distorted, and one of the four gospels makes no mention of his existence all. Matthew, John, and Luke’s gospels are the sole sources of knowledge on Joseph’s life, and they are the only sources of information regarding his death.
After marrying Mary, he learned of her pregnancy and made the decision to divorce her without a public announcement.
As a result of this, he decided to reconsider his choice and relocate to Mary’s home.
The death of Jesus is not mentioned in the gospels.
In both the Catholic and Protestant faiths, Joseph is revered as a patron saint of workers and entrepreneurs.
There are just three ‘Gospels’ that reference Saint Joseph: the ‘Gospel of Matthew,’ the “Gospel of Luke,” and the “Gospel of John.” Saint Joseph is only mentioned once in the ‘Gospel of Matthew.’ In the ‘Gospel of Mark,’ there is no mention of him at all.
According to the ‘Gospel of Matthew,’ which traces Jesus’ pedigree back to King David, Joseph was born in the city of Bethlehem in the year 100 BC.
As recorded in the gospels, Joseph married the Virgin Mary before he discovered that she was pregnant with their child.
He didn’t tell her about her pregnancy since he was afraid for her life at the time.
An angel appeared to him and advised him that he should not divorce her because she was carrying the Holy Spirit, God’s own son, within her womb, according to the legend.
It has also been said that the angels visited Joseph on multiple occasions, and that Joseph named the infant “Yeshua” on the advice of the angel who visited him.
The news of his birth spread like wildfire.
The ‘Book of Luke,’ on the other hand, indicates that Joseph took the decision to go from Nazareth to Bethlehem because he believed Bethlehem was the City of David, which was the origin of Joseph’s family.
Shepherds and magi, a priestly class who traveled from other regions to celebrate the birth of the son of God were among those who came.
As the word of the Messiah’s birth spread, King Herod grew enraged and ordered the execution of the Messiah.
An angel appeared to Joseph again again, this time telling him to remove his newborn daughter and wife to Egypt since King Herod was not going to be good to them.
After Herod’s death, Joseph chose to stay away from the king’s son, who was just as ruthless as his father, and instead resided in the Galilean town of Nazareth.
There are just small changes in the stories of the gospels in each gospel.
According to the legend, the family was on their regular visit to Jerusalem when the incident occurred.
When they discovered that he was not present, they immediately went in search of him.
His parents were informed that Jesus had already made a big impact on the priests and commoners in the town where they were raised.
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According to certain nativity icons, the Devil had enticed Joseph to abandon Mary when he discovered that she was pregnant with Jesus’ child.
Additionally, it has been reported that when Joseph learned of Mary’s pregnancy, he smacked his face in anguish and became obviously distressed.
In the Catholic tradition, there has been mention of a young Jesus working as a carpenter alongside his father, Joseph.
Several academics believe that both Jesus and Joseph were carpenters who were skilled in woodworking, stoneworking, and metalworking, among other things.
By the time Joseph died, Jesus had developed into a very competent carpenter in his own right.
He was rumored to have had a large number of children.
Sainthood Death There is no mention of Saint Joseph’s death in any of the gospels or in any other reliable historical source.
The assumption concerning the year of his death is based on the fact that Joseph is never mentioned when the crucifixion of Jesus is referenced in any of the historical sources.
In spite of the fact that Joseph has always been revered as a saint in both the Catholic and Orthodox faiths, he was not widely venerated on his own behalf in Western countries until the second part of the Middle Ages.
He is also renowned as the patron saint of illness and the patron saint of a happy death.
Honours Saint Joseph has been commemorated in a number of sites.
Many more localities in France and the United States have been named after him as a result of his contributions.
The ‘Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph’ is a catholic church located in the city of San Jose, in the state of California. Many other institutions, including as schools and hospitals, have been dedicated to Saint Joseph.