Thank you so much for this note to us here at TruthBook.
commented: "Your explanation on how Joseph and Mary got married was not
detailed enough; was it around the time Joseph was working for Mary's father
that Mary got pregnant with Jesus?"
You're obviously reading in the
Jesus papers, some of the best of The Urantia Book...here are some
clues from the text that might help answer your questions about when Mary
conceived Jesus...sometimes, we have to read "between the lines" to get the
whole story. And remember, in the years marked "B.C.," we count backwards – so
that 8, B.C. is the year before 7, B.C., the date of Jesus' birth as revealed
in the book.
In this passage, we read about the meeting of Mary and
122:5.8 When Joseph
was a young man, he was employed by Mary’s father in the work of building an
addition to his house, and it was when Mary brought Joseph a cup of water,
during a noontime meal, that the courtship of the pair who were destined to
become the parents of Jesus really began.
We can infer that
this was in the year 9, B.C., and we know that Joseph would have been about 19
years-old because in this next passage, we'll read that Joseph was 21 when
they were married after a 2-year courtship.
122:5.9 Joseph and Mary were married, in
accordance with Jewish custom, at Mary’s home in the environs of Nazareth when
Joseph was twenty-one years old. This marriage concluded a normal courtship of
almost two years’ duration. Shortly thereafter they moved into their new home
in Nazareth, which had been built by Joseph with the assistance of two of his
We don't know whether Joseph continued to work for
Mary's father during the courtship, but 2 years later, after their courtship,
we learn that the pair were married, and that Joseph was called to the census:
122:7.1 In the month of
March, 8 B.C. (the month Joseph and Mary were married), Caesar Augustus
decreed that all inhabitants of the Roman Empire should be numbered, that a
census should be made which could be used for effecting better
taxation...Throughout all the Roman Empire this census was registered in the
year 8 B.C., except in the Palestinian kingdom of Herod, where it was taken in
7 B.C., one year later.
Eight months later, in November of 8,
B.C., Gabriel appeared to Mary:
122:2.6 Gabriel appeared to Mary about the
middle of November, 8 B.C., while she was at work in her Nazareth home.
announcement to Mary was made the day following the conception of Jesus and
was the only event of supernatural occurrence connected with her entire
experience of carrying and bearing the child of promise.
count back nine months from August of 7, B.C. (Jesus' birthdate), we can see
that this information adds up. The passage above states that Mary and Joseph
were married in March of 8, B.C., so we can infer that Jesus was
conceived about 8 months after their marriage, in November of 8, B.C.
And of course, we know that nine months later, in August of 7, B.C., Jesus
was born in Bethlehem, when they traveled there for the census.
feel free to reference our informative Timeline, too, for accurate
information about other events in the Master's life
Thanks so much for
this important question regarding Jesus conception, his parents, and the
events surrounding his birth on Urantia. I hope that this reply has been