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What Happened to Joseph and Mary?

Apparently, Joseph died sometime before Christ began His public ministry.  Joseph is not mentioned in Scripture again after Jesus was twelve years of age.  This would explain one reason why Jesus instructed John to take care of Mary just before His death (John 19:25-27).

John was probably the only apostle of the twelve to die of old age.  Biblical and historical sources account for the martyrdom of all the others. John lived over 60 years after Christ’s resurrection and evidently took care of Mary until her death.  No details of her death are given either in the Bible or in reliable historical sources.

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