Joseph, where did he go?

My question to catholics and non-catholics alike, what do you think happened to Joseph? I have to admit not searching as yet other than a cursory examination.

I think he died peacefully of natural causes in the presence of Jesus and Mary, and was buried in a tomb in Nazareth. That’s the popularly held Catholic belief, though it’s not official teaching. There have been some people who have believed that Joseph’s body was assumed into heaven, based on Matthew 27:52-53: “the tombs also were opened [when Jesus died], and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many.” Personally I’m not so sure, although I don’t deny that Joseph may have been one of the saints mentioned.

According to legend, Joseph died shortly before Jesus started His public ministry and in the manner that SalomeBintullah stated.

It is said that Joseph, due to his tender heart concerning Jesus, that he would not have been able to handle the Jews’ hatred toward Jesus nor His terrible suffering during His crucifixion…

Catholics are free to speculate about that question. It’s already been noted that the most common belief is that Joseph died some time before Jesus began his ministry.


This is the last we hear of St. Joseph in the sacred writings, and we may well suppose that Jesus’s foster-father died before the beginning of Savior’s public life.

In several circumstances, indeed, the Gospels speak of the latter’s mother and brothers (Matthew 12:46; Mark 3:31; Luke 8:19; John 7:3), but never do they speak of His father in connection with the rest of the family; they tell us only that Our Lord, during His public life, was referred to as the son of Joseph (John 1:45; 6:42; Luke 4:22) the carpenter (Matthew 13:55).

Would Jesus, moreover, when about to die on the Cross, have entrusted His mother to John’s care, had St. Joseph been still alive?

According to the apocryphal “Story of Joseph the Carpenter”, the holy man reached his hundred and eleventh year when he died, on 20 July (A.D. 18 or 19).

St. Epiphanius gives him ninety years of age at the time of his demise; and if we are to believe the Venerable Bede, he was buried in the Valley of Josaphat. In truth we do not know when St. Joseph died; it is most unlikely that he attained the ripe old age spoken of by the “Story of Joseph” and St. Epiphanius.

The probability is that he died and was buried at Nazareth.

Catholic Encyclopedia - St. Joseph

Thank you all.

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