I never said they had sex.
I know you never said that, but I don't know if you realize that in that day, among the Jews, the marriage was sex and it wasn't a formalized civil and religious ceremony like it is today. Either they had sex and were married, or they didn't have sex and weren't married.
How many times do you have to say it? Do you think I don't read?
I'm pretty tired of hearing someone considerably younger than me repeat himself so much it's like he's talking to a doorpost.
All right, Devin, you win. No one is going to show you any more scary pictures of poor St. Joseph holding a baby. You are the Cereberus of Orthodoxy. You have certainly proven that you are the most rightest person ever.
Party hats for all!
Biro, take it easy.
He has a point. It is Orthodox teaching that St. Joseph was no more than a guardian. There is no concept in Orthodoxy like the RC's have of the "Holy Family". It's not a scary image, etc....however, it might give incorrect connotations to the relationship between the Virgin Mary and St. Joseph.
....this looks like a too young Joseph and a very happy young couple in love, enjoying their offspring....which is not how they should be represented.
Devin's age has nothing to do with this topic...so, don't attack him due to his age. Stick to theology and prove your point with facts, not by attacking other posters.
Wow, i don't want to see that image again.
FYI, I own a Holy Family Icon that I purchased in Greece. I understand that it is a western influence, and I also retain a correct understanding of Joseph. Joseph wasn't a young man in love with the Theotokos and who married her after she bore Christ. Joseph was an elderly man who was betrothed to the Theotokos due to drawing lots and acted as her guardian, especially when she bore and gave birth to Christ.
I'd keep in mind that St. James was probably not too far behind the Theotokos in age, at least compared to Christ himself. I've seen some Orthodox icons of the flight into Egypt having St. James walking alongside with the Theotokos, Christ & Joseph.
Also keep in mind that St. James wasn't Christ's half-brother, he was, in a sense, Christ's step-brother but not because Mary & Joseph were married (because they weren't).