Joseph ben JACOB 
- Born: 0044 B.C.
- Marriage: Mary 
- Died: 0023 at age 67
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 ).
"Joseph was clearly the son of Jacob (Matthew 1:16 , so this verse [Luke 3:23 - says "son of Heli "] should be understood to mean "son-in-law of Heli ." Thus, the genealogy of Christ in Luke is actually the genealogy of Mary, while Matthew gives that of Joseph . Actually, the word "son" is not in the original, so it would be legitimate to supply either "son" or "son-in-law" in this context. Since Matthew and Luke clearly record much common material, it is certain that neither one could unknowingly incorporate such a flagrant apparent mistake as the wrong genealogy in his record. As it is, however, the two genealogies show that both parents were descendants of David -Joseph through Solomon (Matthew 1:7-15 ), thus inheriting the legal right to the throne of David , and Mary through Nathan (Luke 3:23-31 ), her line thus carrying the seed of David , since Solomon's line had been refused the throne because of Jechoniah's sin " [Dr. Henry M. Morris, The Defender's Study Bible, note for Luke 3:23 (Iowa Falls, Iowa: World Publishing, Inc., 1995).].
Joseph married Mary  [MRIN: 551617407], daughter of Heli  and Unknown. (Mary  was born in 0026 B.C..)