Joseph the Betrothed

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Particularly elaborate is the execution of this composition by the monk-hagiographer father Pefkis, a former student of the Athonite Academy on Mount Athos. The color rendering of Joseph is evidence of a meticulous work of Byzantine art.

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The holy and righteous Joseph the Betrothed, also referred to as Joseph of Nazareth, was the foster-father of Jesus Christ, according to the New Testament (Matthew 1:16; Luke 3:23).
He was betrothed to the Virgin Mary at the time that Mary conceived Jesus. Luke says that he lived at Nazareth in Galilee (Luke 2:4). He is called a “just man”. He was by trade a carpenter (Matthew 13:55). He is last mentioned in connection with the journey to Jerusalem, when Jesus was twelve years old.

Jesus Christ is described as being the brother of James, Justus, Jude, and Simon, and several sisters (Mark 6:3; Matthew 13:55). A tradition at least as early as the second century, still adopted by the Orthodox Church, explains that these “brothers and sisters” were from Joseph’s marriage to Salome who left him a widower before he was betrothed to Mary and so making them step-brothers and step-sisters. He was the older brother to Cleopas, who was also married to a woman named Mary.

That Jesus commended Mary to the care of John the Evangelist while he was hanging on the cross has been interpreted to also suggest that Joseph had died by that time, and that Joseph and Mary did not have any other children who might care for Mary.

In many icons of the Nativity, Joseph is shown being tempted by the Devil (depicted as an old man with furled wings) to break off his betrothal, and resisting that temptation (cf. Nativity Icon).

St Joseph is commemorated on the Sunday after the Nativity. If there is no Sunday between December 25 and January 1, his feast is moved to December 26, along with David the King and James the Brother of our Lord. The Righteous Joseph is also commemorated on the Sunday of the Forefathers. There is an akathist hymn dedicated to him.

HAGIOGRAPHY JOSEPH THE BETROTHED – COMPOSITION

Particularly elaborate is the execution of this composition by the monk-hagiographer father Pefkis, a former student of the Athonite Academy on Mount Athos. The color rendering of Joseph is evidence of a meticulous work of Byzantine art.

The use of shadings in His garments, describe the technical expertise, in the use of color and egg powder, by the talented hagiographer-monk.

Origin: Father Pefkis Hagiography Workshop

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