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How did Mary’s father react when he found out she got pregnant before marrying Joseph?

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  • 1 month ago

    She didn't.  She and Joseph were already married.  They just hadn't set up housekeeping yet.  We have no indication of how her father reacted, because he never found out.  Joseph adopted Jesus as his own son.

  • sarah
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    She was not young as they picture her.  She went alone to see her cousin Elizabeth and that would not have happened if she was a young girl.  Joseph was old and he died before his family was raised and Jesus as head of the house had to raise his 7 brothers and sisters.  So they were not a young couple.  They were engaged and that was like marriage in those days.  Probably for a long time.  In fact, some say he was caring for her.  

  • 1 month ago

    I imagine he was surprised.  But there is no record of his reaction.

  • ?
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    “When Luke 1:27 says Mary was betrothed, it means Joseph and Mary were already married at the time of the Mary’s conception.

    Notice it says when Joseph found out Mary was “with child,” he determined he would “send her away privately” (vs. 19). The Greek verb translated in the RSVCE to send away is apolusai, which means divorce.

    The angel then tells Joseph:

    When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took his wife (vss. 20-24).

    Jospeh he realized he couldn’t be the father (because they were married but didn’t consummate the marriage)

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  • Justin
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Mary was 'espoused' to Joseph, so her father was no longer involved. It was not uncommon for an espoused woman to get pregnant before the actual marriage, since the marriage celebration only occurred after the man left to make a home for the couple and returned to rejoice that it was ready.

    It was not 'advisable' for such a thing to occur, since having a stable home first was best, but it was not illegal according to Torah once the 'pledge' had been made and the dowry exchanged. That is why the narrative focuses us on 'Joseph's' reaction, since he alone knew that the couple had not yet been intimate. Her father would not have known the difference.  

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Both Joachim and Anna had died by the time Mary finished her education at the Temple.  Since she had decided to remain a life-long virgin, someone had to be found to support her and protect her -- hence Joseph.

  • Rayal
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    According to the timeline he was dead 10 years before Jesus was born. Other sources say later.

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