Was Joseph the “father” of Jesus? We hear many opinions…
“Joseph was possibly the biological father of Jesus, but the Gospels deny the fact, claiming he was the product of a virgin birth, making Jesus more than just a man.”
“Jesus is really the product of rape and Joseph mercifully stepped up to the plate to help Mary and the unfortunate baby.”
“Joseph was not the father of Jesus because Jesus had no biological father; he was born to the Virgin Mary by the miraculously overshadowing of the Holy Spirit.”
In front of the tomb of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem I state in my video/ DVD Jesus, the Word Became Flesh, “The earth provided a borrowed cave in Bethlehem to receive him at his birth and now another borrowed cave in Jerusalem protects his body in death. Born from a virgin womb he was now buried in a virgin tomb.
His father Joseph found the cave for this birth, a disciple Joseph found a cave for his burial” (the words in question are italicized).
But is it proper to refer to Joseph as “the father of Jesus”? The answer is both yes and no.
Several years ago I ran the one-hour route Jesus and Joseph walked to work each day from Nazareth to Sepphoris. Hope you enjoy walking in the actual daily footprints of Jesus and Joseph.