posted by: Joan Vine | on: Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 10:54
According to the Scriptures, Joseph was descended from the Royal House of David and worked as a carpenter. Following his engagement to Mary he learned that she was expecting a child and planned to divorce her quietly after their marriage to avoid shame and punishment being brought down upon her. However, an angel came to Joseph in a dream and told him “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,” (Matthew 1:19-21).
After Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem Joseph was warned by an angel, in a dream, to take Mary and Jesus to Egypt to avoid the slaughter of the innocents. The family stayed in Egypt until they heard that it was safe to return to Nazareth where Joseph raised Jesus as his own son. The last reference to Joseph in the context of Jesus’ life is the time when Jesus stayed in the Temple and Joseph and Mary anxiously searched for him for three days.
Joseph is not mentioned in scriptural descriptions of Jesus’ ministry, or his Crucifixion, Resurrection or Ascension. Many theologians assume that he died before these events took place.
In art Joseph is depicted as an older man with grey hair and a beard, often going bald and sometimes appearing frail. Some statues of Joseph show his staff topped with flowers. St Joseph is often shown with the attributes of a carpenter’s square or tools, the infant Jesus, his Lily blossomed staff or two turtle doves.
There is still much more that we would like to know about Joseph - where and when he was born and how and when he died. But Scripture leaves us with the most important knowledge of who he was - “her husband Joseph being a righteous man” (Matthew 1:18). A wonderful epitaph for anybody! Alan Vine
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