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Old Oct 19, '04, 1:35 am
lindsays lindsays is offline
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Default Was Joseph a widower with children before he married Mary?

Hi, a protestant friend of mine says that church doctrine states that Joseph was a widower and may have even had children before Mary. Is there truth to this? What does the church say about it?
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Old Oct 19, '04, 9:16 am
Jim Blackburn Jim Blackburn is offline
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Default Re: Was Joseph a widower with children before he married Mary?

The Protoevangelium of James indicates that Joseph was a widower with children when he was chosen by the Lord to be Mary’s husband. Although this document is not part of the canon of sacred Scripture, it is very old, dating back to the second century, so it gives us some insight into one possible scenario. However, the Church has not formally taken a position regarding Joseph’s status prior to marrying Mary.
 

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