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Joseph, the legal father of Jesus Christ by adoption
Meaning: remover or increaser; may he add
Joseph kept Mary a virgin until after she gave birth to the child, and he named him “Jesus” as God commanded (Matt. 1:25). Joseph named him on the 9th day after His birth, prior to His circumcision (Luke 2:21).
Years later, an angel of the Lord again appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him to take quick action to protect his wife and Child.
Jospeh immediately did as God commanded, quietly fleeing with Mary and Jesus by night. They remained in Egypt until an angel again appeared in a dream.
Joseph is last mentioned in connection with the family’s journey to Jerusalem to the temple, when Jesus was 12 years old (Luke 2:41-52). It is probable that he died before Jesus entered on his public ministry. This is concluded from the fact that only Mary 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 (John 19:25).
Joseph was in the line of King David and therefore held a legal right to the throne. However, because he descended from Jechonias (Matthew 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).
Adam ➤ Seth ➤ Enos ➤ Cainan ➤ Mahalaleel ➤ Jared ➤ Enoch ➤ Methuselah ➤ Lamech ➤ Noah ➤ Shem ➤ Arpachshad ➤ Shelah ➤ Eber ➤ Peleg ➤ Reu ➤ Serug ➤ Nahor ➤ Terah ➤ Abraham ➤ Isaac ➤ Jacob ➤ Judah ➤ Perez ➤ Hezron ➤ Ram ➤ Amminadab ➤ Nahshon ➤ Salmon ➤ Boaz ➤ Obed ➤ Jesse ➤ KING DAVID ➤ King Solomon ➤ King Rehoboam ➤ King Abijah (Abijam) ➤ King Asa ➤ King Jehoshaphat ➤ King Jehoram (Joram) ➤ King Ahaziah (Uzziah) ➤ King Jotham ➤ King Ahaz ➤ King Hezekiah ➤ King Manasseh ➤ King Amon ➤ King Josiah ➤ Jeconiah (Jechonias, Jehoiachin, Jekonjah, Coniah, Neri) ➤ Prince Shealtiel ➤ Prince Zerubbabel ➤ Prince Abiud (Abihud) ➤ Governor Eliakim ➤ Azor ➤ Zadok ➤ Achim ➤ Eliud ➤ Eleazar ➤ Matthan ➤ Jacob ➤ JOSEPH, the adoptive, legal father of of Jesus Christ
Article Version: January 18, 2019