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Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by saturneptune, Dec 12, 2006.
Is there any extra Biblical sources about when Joseph, husband of Mary, died?
Unfortunately, none that are credible.
We just don't know. Whenever I get that itch of curiousity going around in my brain about what happened to Joseph, I just try to remind myself that how he lived is much more important than how he died.
Two things about the life of the man survive all these centuries that should spark our lives moreso than wondering how he died.
He was selfless. He loved Mary and wanted to send her away privately as not to harm her with a bad reputation and people who would seek to punish her. He wasn't stupid, he knew where babies came from and he knew that this kid wasn't his. He placed his manly pride and wounded heart on the back burner of his life and thought about Mary's welfare only, even though in his mind, he has been wronged.
He was submissive to God in pure obedience. When God spoke to him the dream giving him a command that probably not many men could have stomached, he rose up and obeyed. Immediately. And he was blessed for doing so.
I believe the bible when it says that the angel told Mary that she had found favor with God.
But, I think that we never give enough credit to Joseph.....the man who was privileged to raise Jesus as an earthly father and teach him all that things that dad gets to teach a son.
Just as God purposely chose Mary for her outstanding spiritual qualities, he chose Joseph in the same way.
We have some clues in the Bible, actually.
In Matthew 13, the townspeople ask, "Isn't this the carpenter's son?" They go on to mention His mother, brothers, and sisters, and the indication is that they are all still alive.
However, on the Cross, Jesus commended the care of His mother to John, indicating that Joseph was no longer alive.
If these two clues hold, then Joseph died sometime during Jesus' ministry.
There is the possibility, biblically, that Joseph had died before the incident in Matthew 12 where Jesus' mother and brothers are looking for Him. Why did they want to speak to him? Was it because He was the eldest and therefore, if Joseph was dead, the head of the family? Were they wanting to ask Him to come home?
If this is true, then the identification of "Isn't this the carpenter's son?" without mentioning the carpenter's name, might be an indication Joseph had died by then.
Just some thoughts...
==Well in general I agree with all Helen's points. It is most likely that Joseph died during Jesus adult life. As for extra Biblical sources, I am not familiar with any. I took a quick look through some references just to make sure and, as I thought, I found nothing. I have read several theories (etc) but I don't put much stock into them. Fact is we don't really know when Joseph died, nor do we know how Joseph died. However it is a safe assumption that he died during Jesus' adult life (maybe before Jesus' ministry??).