St. Joseph: Husband of Mary

Updated: Mar 16

by Clyde Ericson Nolasco

FEAST DAY: March 19

What we know about St. Joseph is based on Scriptures. He can be found in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. (The Gospel of Mark did not mention anything about St. Joseph, while John, though he mentioned that Jesus had an earthly father, only focused on Jesus’ human origin.)

Let’s try to masticate the limited artifacts we have to get to know more about St. Joseph, Jesus’ earthly father.

Here are 15 things we know about St. Joseph based on the Scriptures:

1. He was a carpenter.

He is a carpenter or a “tekton” in Greek. In Matthew 13:55, it says: Isn't he the carpenter's son? Tekton can also mean a “craftsman.”

Jesus learns carpentry from St Joseph at their home in Nazareth. Photo: Margaux Salcedo, Dominus Est
Jesus learns carpentry from St Joseph at their home in Nazareth.

2. He was of humble means

He was not rich. Because of this, instead of offering a lamb, he could only afford two turtledoves when he took Jesus to be circumcised and Mary to be purified at the temple.

3. He was of kingly lineage, a descendant of King David.

In Matthew, Joseph's lineage is traced back to King David. Despite his humble work and means, he comes from the line of David, the greatest king of Israel (Matthew 1:1-16 and Luke 3:23-38).

4. He was a compassionate man.

Women, during that time, when found pregnant without a husband would be punished by stoning to death. Upon hearing Mary’s pregnancy and in spite of confusion because he knew it was not his child, he didn't expose Mary outright. Instead, he quietly protected her.