Joseph was born about the year 25 B.C. Ancestors are from Land of Canaan and Babylon.


Joseph (Hebrew: יוֹסֵף‎, translit. Yosef; Greek: Ἰωσήφ, translit. Ioséph) is a figure in the Gospels who was married to Mary, Jesus' mother, and, in the Christian tradition, was Jesus's legal father. Joseph is venerated as Saint Joseph in the Catholic Church, Orthodox Church, Oriental Orthodox Church, Anglican Communion, Lutheranism, and Methodism. Some differing views are due to theological interpretations versus historical views.

In both Catholic and Protestant traditions, Joseph is regarded as the patron saint of workers and is associated with various feast days. Pope Pius IX declared him to be both the patron and the protector of the Catholic Church, in addition to his patronages of the sick and of a happy death, due to the belief that he died in the presence of Jesus and Mary. In popular piety, Joseph is regarded as a model for fathers and has also become patron of various dioceses and places.

Children of Joseph and Mary

In the Apocrypha, Joseph was the father of James, Joses, Jude, Simon, and at least two daughters. According to Epiphanius and the apocryphal History of Joseph the Carpenter, these children were from a marriage which predated the one with Mary, a belief that is accepted by some select Christian denominations.


Offspring of Joseph (father of Jesus) and Mary (mother of Jesus)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Jesus (c6BC-c31) 01 Bethlehem, Judea 31 Calvary, Jerusalem, Judea, Roman Empire
James ben Joseph
Joses ben Joseph
Jude ben Joseph
Simon ben Joseph
Daughters of Joseph and Mary

Parentage of Jesus

Source: The Parental lineage as described in the New Testament Gospel of Luke tracing' Christ's ancestry via his mother Mary (mother of Jesus) back to the first man, Adam (4004 BC-3074 BC).

See also

  • Joseph - Biblical Figures disambiguation

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