1 Maccabees 5:15


13 and all our kindred who were in the land of Tob have been killed; the enemy have captured their wives and children and goods, and have destroyed about a thousand persons there." 14 While the letter was still being read, other messengers, with their garments torn, came from Galilee and made a similar report; 15 they said that the people of Ptolemais and Tyre and Sidon, and all Galilee of the Gentiles, had gathered together against them "to annihilate us." 16 When Judas and the people heard these messages, a great assembly was called to determine what they should do for their kindred who were in distress and were being attacked by enemies. 17 Then Judas said to his brother Simon, "Choose your men and go and rescue your kindred in Galilee; Jonathan my brother and I will go to Gilead."

Matthew 4:15

New Testament

13 While in Galilee, he moved from Nazareth to make his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali, 14 so that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah would be fulfilled: 15 “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the way by the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles 16 the people who sit in darkness have seen a great light, and on those who sit in the region and shadow of death a light has dawned.” 17 From that time Jesus began to preach this message: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near!”

 Notes and References

"... Very few things that Joseph actively did are mentioned in the gospel tradition in the New Testament. The only things we read about are the reference to his rigtheousness, his Davidic ancestry, his dream and the angel's conversation with him, and his 'holy marriage' with the Mary (who stands in the line of the 'impure' women Tamar, Rahab, Ruth and Uriah's wife Bathsheba). In legendary fashion Matthew depicts Joseph as someone who took his family, Mary and the child Jesus, to Egypt. By means of a fulfillment formula, taken from the First Testament, Matthew (Matthew 2:15) quotes the prophet Hosea (11:1) that God called back his child from Egypt to settle in Galilee. Galilee is referred to in Isaiah 9:1; 1 Maccabees 5:15 and Matthew 4:15 as 'Galilee where the heathens live' ..."

van Aarde, Andries Jesus' Father: The Quest for the Historical Joseph (pp. 315-333) HTS Teologiese Studies 54(1), 1998

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