Matt 01:16 And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who was called the Christ.
Matthew has carefully placed "of whom was born" after Mary in the feminine case after Joseph's genealogy, so that it merely shows Jesus to be of Mother Mary. This allows for the blame to be on Mary or to allow for an immaculate conception.
Luke 03:23b (And Jesus himself) being, as was supposed, son of Joseph, which is the son of Heli.
Luke, in his more correct genealogy, is saying the "supposed son of Joseph" because an illegitimate child is not considered a son. Later, church leaders would use this as proof that Mary conceived immaculately. This opinion would disguise Jesus' illegitimacy and cover up the rape.
Luke's story is more favorable to Mary:
Luke 01:26 And in the sixth month (June) was the angel Gabriel
sent by God, to a city of Galilee, the name of which is Nazareth,
An angel is an Essene priest and the same angel as with Zechariah. Gabriel is second to God, the highest priest, and is the one that represents God to Man or merely "Man", thus like Jesus Zechariah is "the Son of Man" on the priestly hierarchy.
Luke 01:27a to a virgin,
'Virgin' merely means female nun.
Luke 01:27b betrothed to a man,
Betrothed certainly does not mean allowed to have intercourse even according to the Catholic Church today
Luke 01:27c whose name is Joseph, of the house of David,
Meaning a descendant of King David as indicated in the genealogy.
Luke 01:27d and the name of the virgin is Mary.
Luke 01:28 And the angel having come in unto her, said, "Hail, favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women;"
Luke 01:29 and she, having seen, was troubled at his word, and was reasoning of what kind this salutation may be.
Luke 01:30 And the angel said to her, "Fear not, Mary, for you have found favor with God;
Certainly Mary is flustered and ashamed because she believes herself responsible for the sexual encounter even though it was not her fault, but the Essenes consider that all females are seducers. (DSS 4Q184). The priest gives her absolution for being raped!
Luke 01:31 and lo, you shall conceive in the womb, and shall bring forth a son, and call his name Jesus;
Mary must have has confessed that she has missed her period and is pregnant, yet the priest is pretending to predict it. Since sons are preferred, the angel gives her comfort that she will have a son, who will be as Joshua.
Luke 01:32a he shall be great, and Son of the Highest he shall be called,
The Highest would mean the same position as the angel, which is named Gabriel, also know as 'Man', thus Jesus would call himself the 'Son of Man'.
Luke 01:32b and the Lord God shall give him the throne of David his father,
Most importantly the priest is saying that, according to him, her son will not be deprived of his father's inheritance as he is not being considered to be illegitimate.
Luke 01:33 and he shall reign over the house of Jacob to the ages; and of his reign there shall be no end."
His title will be the 'Jacob', as it was for his grandfather Heli (See the genealogy), meaning the head of the Mission to the Diaspora (the scattered remnants of the Jews in other countries.)
Luke 01:34 And Mary said unto the angel, "How shall this be, seeing a husband I do not know?"
Mary knows the rules that her son would technically be a illegitimate for she has no husband, being merely betrothed; she knows she only had sex outside of marriage.
Luke 01:35a And the angel answering said to her, "The Holy Spirit shall come upon you,
This use of the Joseph's title of "Holy Spirit", since he was third in the hierarchy as the David King, is a deceptive way of pretending that it was not Joseph, who had sex with her. Then also it is pretended to be a prediction, making it sound real. (This deception of it being a spirit and not a man was later turned into the Immaculate Conception and the erasing of her motherhood of four other children.)
However, this would only be a valid prediction if the Essene rules had been followed. The rules state that after betrothal in June, there was to be no sex until after November. These rules were followed by Zechariah and Elizabeth, who conceived in December of the previous year and would give birth in September. When Mary joins her in Mird after June she is already pregnant, indicating sexual contact in June.
Given the well-known purity of Mother Mary, there is no doubt that Mary would have kept to this marriage rule and remained a virgin until the prescribed time, thus the Old Testament euphemism of 'knew you' meaning 'having sexual relations' has now updated with "come upon you" meaning that Joseph was on top of her as he raped her! (Even though it was spousal rape.)
Luke 01:35b and the power of the Highest shall overshadow you,
Luke 01:35b therefore also the holy-begotten thing shall be called Son of God;
The priest is saying he will keep her safe from stoning, which is the punishment for sex out of wedlock and that her child would not have to be put up for adoption as illegitimate, being eligible to be part of the Essene community, who called themselves "the sons of God". Unfortunately, after Simeon was replaced as leader, the high priests Boethus and Caiaphas reversed this pronouncement and declared Jesus to be illegitimate.
Luke 01:36 and lo, Elizabeth, your kinswoman, she also has conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month to her who was called barren;
Luke 01:37 because nothing shall be impossible with God."
Elizabeth is six months into her pregnancy when the angel Gabriel announces Mary's pregnancy in June in Luke 01:26 above, thus six months pregnant and, since the conception was in December sixth months time is the same as the sixth month in the Roman calendar: June. The labels 'old' and 'barren' merely mean following the rules of abstaining from sex for a long time until it is allowed for the purposes of conception.
Luke 01:38 And Mary said, "Lo, the maid-servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your saying," and the angel went away from her.
It is interesting to note that Mary is to become the maid-servant of Elizabeth who bears "John" who is referred to as 'Lord' and of higher status than Jesus.
Matthew's story is more slanted towards Joseph:
Matt 01:18 And of Jesus Christ, the birth was thus: For his mother Mary having been betrothed to Joseph, before their coming together she was found to have conceived from the Holy Spirit,
The Holy Spirit is Joseph in the third position in the hierarchy. Apparently, rape does not qualify as 'coming together' as it is not by consent of both partners. Paul confirms that Jesus is "of the seed of David according to the flesh" (Romans 1:3)
Matt 01:19 and Joseph her husband being righteous, and not willing to make her an example, did wish privately to send her away.
'Righteous' is a title that is used as 'Just' in his second son James the Just and in his grandson Jesus Justus. Joseph would be 'just' even if he was a misogynist. The audacity of Joseph is to hold Mary responsible as an adultness, 'justified' because all females are seducers (Essene scrolls DSS 4Q184.)
Matt 01:20 And on his thinking of these things, lo, a angel of the Lord in a dream appeared to him, saying, "Joseph, son of David, you may not fear to receive Mary your wife, for that which in her was conceived is of the Holy Spirit,
For God's sake, it is his child! He is the Holy Spirit as Jesus will be after the Crucifixion. The angel is Simeon, the Gabriel. The dream is more like a reprimand for his selfish thoughts.
Matt 01:21 and she shall bring forth a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he shall save his people from their sins."
Matt 01:22-23 "The pesher of Isaiah 7:14 is said to be fulfilled:
Matt 01:24 And Joseph, having risen from the sleep, did as the angel of the Lord directed him, and received his wife,
Joseph's 'sleep' lasted from June to September while Mary was hiding away from him with Elizabeth. She was probably fearing that Joseph would try to rape her again or to have put her away as a whore.
Matt 01:25 and did not know her till she brought forth her son-- the first-born, and he called his name Jesus.
This verse implies great restraint on Joseph's part so as not to mix his sperm with the Holy Spirit's. Amazingly, Joseph actually did follow the Essene rule of no sex while the wife was pregnant: Josephus Wars of the Jews 2.8.13 "They do not use to accompany with their wives when they are with child, as a demonstration that they do not many out of regard to pleasure, but for the sake of posterity."
The term 'first born' would seem to imply more children giving credence to her four other sons listed Matt 13:55 & Mark 06:03. Clearly, Mary is super-fertile, she will have four more sons: Joseph, Joses, Jude, and Simon until she was widowed on the death of Joseph in 23 AD appearing in the parable: Widow's coin and under her own name Dorcas (Acts 9:36-43), being re-ordained as a widow by Peter.). Since each son was conceived six years apart (7 year interval) we can know their birthdays: Jesus: 7BC, James the Just: 1AD, Joses-Barnabas, 8 AD, Jude, in 15 AD, and Simon-Silas 22 AD, dying in 120 AD.
Luke's story describes Mary's trauma and terror:
Luke 01:39 And Mary having arisen in those days, went to the hill-country, with haste, to a city of Judea,
(Note 'with haste' as she is concerned that if she is seen to be with child that Joseph could have her stoned for infidelity to cover up his sin.)
Luke 01:40 and entered into the house of Zechariah, and saluted Elizabeth.
Luke 01:41 And it came to pass, when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe did leap in her (Mary's) womb; and was filled with the Holy Spirit,
(given Luke 01:35 Joseph's rape previously will now be known as Mary is clearly pregnant with his child)
Luke 01:42 ('and: Greek kai' after Elizabeth - Codex Sinaiticus has only 'k' - is out of place, making Elizabeth the speaker) Elizabeth speaks out with a great voice,
('great voice is similar Jesus on the cross Matt 27:46 and Mark 15:34 meaning voice of authority as Elizabeth is Mary's superior and thus is the speaker) and said, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb;
Luke 01:43 and whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord (the angel Gabriel being the head of the convent) might come unto me?
Luke 01:44 for, lo, when the voice of your salutation came to my ears, leap in gladness did the babe in my womb;
Luke 01:45 and happy is she who did believe, for there shall be a completion to the things spoken to her from the Lord (the angel Gabriel)."
Elizabeth comforts her, reminding her of Gabriel's promise, and expresses gladness that they will be together during her pregnancy.
Luke 01:46-55 And Mary said, "My soul does magnify the Lord, ...
(similar to 1Samuel 2:1-10)
Mary finds solace in this song that she sings.
Luke 01:56 And Mary remained with her about three months, and turned back to her house.
Mary stayed with Elizabeth three months and thus being able to carry to term, she would be eligible for marriage according to the Essene Rules of Marriage - three month probation before marriage: Josephus Wars 2.8.13 (retranslated): "There is yet another order of Essenes, who, while at one with the rest in their mode of life, customs and regulations, differ from them in their views on marriage. They think that those who decline to marry cut off the chief function of life - that of transmitting it - and furthermore that, were all to adopt the same view, the whole race would very quickly die out. They give their wives, however, a three month's probation, and only marry them after they have thrice undergone purification (no menstruation), in proof of fecundity (of pregnancy to term)."
It is September and Elizabeth would be delivering John the Baptist.
And when the shepherds came to adore the child in the manger:
Luke 02:19 Mary was preserving all these things, pondering in her heart;
Remembering with sadness how Joseph's rape had taken away the joy that she should feel.
And when Jesus as a youth was found in the temple:
Luke 02:51b and his mother was keeping all these sayings in her heart
Again she would feel the sadness.
Jesus' religious illegitimacy would haunt Jesus all his life, but it did make him an advocate of the underdog by allowing uncircumcised men and women entry into the Church and to partake of the sacred ceremony of wine and bread, turning mere baptism (water) into wine in his first miracle.
Those who try to degrade Mary speak of Origen's account of Celsus' story that Mary was raped by a Roman soldier named Panthera and yet even this is not far from the real story. Joseph was a Zealot soldier and like the animals in Revelation 13:2 who were real people, he was known as the Panther. So it was not rape by a stranger, but rape just the same.
The image of Virgin Mary as the Madonna and Child has given inspiration to all the women of the world who are treated as second class citizens: to show that a women can give birth to an innocent child that can be like God. Her rape should not diminish her inspiration as the bearer of all life, but exalt her even more as a survivor of hate and a symbol that love is what survives. And so will Jesus' message of Love that she made possible.