Your question was:
> Hello, I was wondering if you could answer a question for me about the
> Mary.  My question is: Who was her father?  It doesn't say in the bible.
> looked in the Encyclopedia's and I didn't get anything out of that.  So if
> you have tim ecould you please answer this question?  Thanx so much.

Of course, the first thing to remember about Mary is that following the
birth of Jesus she was no longer a virgin, for her husband Joseph then "knew
her" (Matt. 1:25).  Jesus was her "firstborn" son, implying that she had
other sons (Matt. 1:25).  Which, in fact, she did (Matt. 13:55).

The genealogy of Jesus in Matthew 1:1-17 established his legal lineage and
right to the throne of David.  It is Joseph's ancestry which constituted
this Jewish requirement.

The genealogy of Jesus which is found in Luke 3:23-38 is the physical linage
of Jesus - the ancestry of Mary.  (Read Luke 3:23 carefully:  Jesus was
assumed to be the son of Joseph, but he was really the "son of Heli,..."
Therefore, Heli was Mary's father.

Please note that these two lineages meet in King David:  the legal descent
of Jesus coming through King Solomon, David's son (Matt. 1:6-7), while the
physical lineage of Christ came through Nathan, another son of David (Lk.

I hope this is of help to you.  Again, thank you for your Bible question,
and God bless you as your study His word.

Joe Price

Joe R Price

Bible Answers

Mt. Baker church of Christ