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Joseph (the foster father of Jesus Christ)

Meaning: remover or increaser

Joseph, the foster-father of our Lord Jesus Christ (Matt. 1:16; Luke 3:23) lived at Nazareth in Galilee (Luke 2:4).

He is called a “just man.” He was by trade a carpenter (Matt. 13:55).

He is last mentioned in connection with the journey to Jerusalem, when Jesus was twelve years old. It is probable that he died before Jesus entered on his public ministry. This is concluded from the fact that Mary only was present at the marriage feast in Cana of Galilee (John 2). His name does not appear in connection with the scenes of the crucifixion along with that of Mary (q.v.), John 19:25.

Author: Matthew G. Easton, with minor editing by Paul S. Taylor.

Joseph's ancestry—Joseph was in the line of King David and therefore held a legal right to the throne. However, because he descended from Jechonias (Matt. 1:11-12) (also called Jeconiah and Jehoiachin, he would have been disqualified by God from taking the throne. However, Mary's son would not (see: Mary).

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