When did Joseph know that Mary was pregnant?
Mary visited Elizabeth after Gabriel visit and abode with her three months. This implies that Joseph had not known Mary pregnancy before her return. Mary was about three months pregnant (Luke 1: 56), when she came home in the first week of July 5 BC Julian Calender.
And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house. (Luke 1: 56)
This implies that Joseph met Mary at her three months gestation in about mid-July 5 BC, assuming they immediately met after about 3 months of no contact.
|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 mid-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.|
|A day between 1st and 24th of December 5 BC||Joseph and Mary, which have been married, arrived at Bethlehem.||See “Were 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.||See “Train 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.||See “When 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|