3) Were Joseph and Mary poor? How do you know?

Question

Were Joseph and Mary poor? How do you know?

Answer

Yes.

Luke reported that their sacrificial animals were two pigeons or turtledoves.

And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons. (Luke 2: 24)

Two pigeons or turtledoves were sacrificial animals determined by Torah for the poors who could not afford to provide a lamb.

And if she be not able to bring a lamb, then she shall bring two turtles, or two young pigeons; the one for the burnt offering, and the other for a sin offering: and the priest shall make an atonement for her, and she shall be clean. (Leviticus 12: 8)


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