"How old was Saint
Joseph at the time Jesus was born? How old was Saint Joseph when he died?"
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The information you
seek concerning St. Joseph's age unfortunately cannot be provided with absolute
certainty. Tradition tells us he was older when he married the
Blessed Virgin Mary, so his date of birth may have been somewhere around or
before 50 B.C. And, since he was not present for Jesus' public ministry, his
death was most likely before 30 A.D. Again, these dates are just approximations
since the actual dates cannot be provided with absolute certainty.
Should it help, the
following is from the Catholic Encyclopedia...
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."
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