My latest article in THIS ROCK Magazine is entitled Should We Call Joseph the Father of Jesus? It startsÂ out with three options:
â€œJoseph 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.â€
â€œJesus is really the product of rape and Joseph mercifully stepped up to the plate to help Mary and the unfortunate baby.â€
â€œJoseph 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.â€
There is more than one opinion today on Josephâ€™s relationship to Jesusâ€”but what is the truth? Is it theologically and historically correct to refer to Joseph as the father of Jesus?