The husband of Mary, the mother of Jesus, according to the New Testament Gospels, although in Matthew and Luke he is referred to as having only been betrothed to Mary at the time when Jesus was born, which might be read as engaged. Matthew also notes that he worked as a carpenter. For most Christians, Joseph cannot properly be referred to as the father of Jesus, but only as the husband of Mary and the guardian of the young Jesus. SEE ALSO: Jesus of Nazareth; Mary

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