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Joseph Accepts Fatherhood of Jesus  -  Matthew 1:18-25

Joseph and Jesus

Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way.  When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins." All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: "Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel," which means, "God is with us."  When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus.


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Only one text describes Joseph’s means of livelihood. It is found in Mt.13:55 when the bemused citizens of Nazareth remark "Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary?" According to Mk.6:3, Jesus, the first born, followed in his father’s footsteps, "Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James…"

In a place like Nazareth, houses were built of stone or mud brick. Wood was used for roofing. Beams were stretched from wall to wall and used to support a covering of bushes and clay plaster. A carpenter would be needed to cut and fix the beams, make the doors, the pieces of furniture, beds, tables, stools, lamp stands, boxes and chests. A carpenter would also make wooden ploughs and yokes for oxen.

His tools would have much in common with a modern carpenter, - hammer, gimlet, compass, axe, plumb line, the square, ruler, drill chisel, saw. A fair measure of technical skill was needed in the job. Jesus remembered a loving Joseph sharing his expertise with him. "The Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing…"(Jn.5.20).

Most families in Nazareth would also have a strip of land which they farmed for their immediate needs. Jesus’ use of pastoral images has Its roots in his work on the family holding.

It was the duty of a Jewish father to teach his son in the ways of faith. Before he went to school in the synagogue, Jesus would have received his elementary religious training from Joseph.

In the Jewish tradition a person’s lineage was determined by one’s legal father. Joseph is called a son of David, and because he adopted Jesus, he too could claim lineage from David.

Benedict Hegarty.




Quill Pen




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