4) When did an angel visit Joseph?

Question

When did an angel visit Joseph?

Answer

God sent an angel to Joseph when he considered to put her away.

Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.
But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 1: 19-20)

The reason for his consideration was the son, which was conceived in Mary. Then, this event happened after Joseph knew her pregnancy.

Mary returned home in the first week of July 5 BC Julian Calendar.  They met in about second week of July 5 BC. Then, an angel visited Joseph in about third week of July 5 BC.

Chronology

Time in Julian Calendar Event Ref
30th of March 5 BC Mary arrived at Elizabeth’s home. Luke 1: 39
30th of June 5 BC Mary left Elizabeth’s home. Luke 1: 56
First week of July 5 BC Mary arrived at her home in Nazareth. Calculation
About second week of July 5 BC Joseph met Mary at her three months gestation Luke 1: 56, assuming Joseph immediately met her lover after about 3 months of no contact.
About third week of July 5 BC An angel visited Joseph. Matthew 1: 19-20
A day between 1st and 24th of December 5 BC Joseph and Mary, which have been married, arrived at Bethlehem.  SeeWere Joseph and Mary married or engaged when they arrived at Betlehem?
25th of December 5 BC Jesus was born in a cave in outer skirt of Bethlehem. SeeTrain of Thought about Christmas December 25
A day between 26th and 30th of December 5 BCE Joseph, Mary, and Jesus moved to a house in Bethlehem City. Matthew 2: 11
31st of December 4 BC Preparation for Jesus circumcision (religious and social event) in Bethlehem. Considering social setting of Luke 2: 21
1st of January 4 BC Jesus circumcision in Bethlehem Luke 2: 21
6/7th of January 4 BC The wise men arrived at Bethlehem. SeeWhen did the wise men come to Jesus
2nd of February 4 BC Purification of Mary in Jerusalem Luke 2: 22
February 4 BC Matthew 2:13-15
February – April 4 BC Dwelt in Egypt Matthew 2:13-15
April 4 BC Luke 2:39; Matthew 2: 15, 19-23

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