What Happened To The Patriarch Of The Family Of Jesus?

All Mention Of Joseph Of Nazareth Ceases

From the moment Jesus mentions his heavenly father all mention of his earthly father Joseph of Nazareth ceases.

Several reasons are cited for this.

One reason is that by the time Jesus became an adult Joseph had died. We know for certain that the only member of the family of Jesus who followed him to Jerusalem was James the brother of Jesus. The others of the family of Jesus may have joined him later. But we are not sure.

Joseph of Nazareth

(Fig 1) Joseph of Nazareth

According to the apocryphal “Story of Joseph the Carpenter”, the patriarch of the family of Jesus was a hundred and eleven years when he died, on 20 July 18 or 19 CE. But according to St. Epiphanius, Joseph was ninety years old when he died and was “buried in the Valley of Josaphat.” However, considering extra-biblical sources it would appear that Joseph died before Jesus began his adult ministry and was buried in Nazareth.

The majority Catholic opinion is that Joseph was many years older than Mary and was a widower with six children – two girls and four boys. Four of those children were already married by the time Joseph took Mary to his house. Only James was a little boy and “Mary took care of James and raised him with Jesus.”

This theory seemed the most plausible considering the closeness between Jesus and James. Because of his advanced age and the majority of his family in Nazareth Joseph continued to stay there where he died and was buried.

Valley of Josaphat
(Fig 2) Josaphat Valley

Others believe that he had gone to the feast of the Pasch to pray at the Temple where he died and was buried in Josaphat in the tomb of his ancestors.

For more on this please read “Jesus May Have Had 6 Brothers And Sisters” at bit.ly/1UktdAC

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Picture Credits:
(Fig 1) Joseph of Nazareth

(Fig 2) Valley of Josaphat https://www.google.co.in/search?q=joseph+of+nazareth&biw=1280&bih=612&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&sqi=2&ved=0ahUKEwjZg7WQg73KAhWBcY4KHV0fACIQ_AUIBigB#tbm=isch&q=%22valley+of+josaphat%22&imgrc=_S1TjRYrLOyVZM%3A


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