Heli, the father of Joseph or Jacob?
Thanks for asking a question on www.thisisyourbible.com
We have no indication of the manner of Heli's death. As to his being the father of Joseph, this is probably not the case. Matthew gives Joseph's genealogy and states that the father of Joseph is Jacob not Heli. Most scholars concur that Joseph in Luke's genealogy is in fact the "father-in-law" of Heli. That would make this Mary's genealogy and not Joseph's. This makes sense in the record: Matthew gives the reputed genealogy and traces it back to David while Luke gives Mary's genealogy - the real one - which also traces back to David. None of the Lord's worst enemies ever denied his descent from David. This descent allowed him to claim, as Gabriel put it, "The throne of his father David."
If you want to come to grips with what the Bible really teaches, why not take the free Bible study course on www.thisisyourbible.com? You may take this course either online or by regular mail.
This course will give you a background in the major themes of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. As with everything we offer, there is no cost to you other than your time and effort. You will also have a personal tutor to whom you may pose questions either from the course itself or those questions which come to you as you read the Bible.
I hope you have found this helpful.