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First of all, Joseph was not Jesus biological father in any understanding since Mary conceived by a miraculous intervention of the Holy Spirit before she was joined to Joseph and the text tells us they refrained from intercourse until after Jesus birth. However in the eyes of the law of the time, Joseph was the father. More than just a legal guardian, by ...


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Traditionally, many liberal theologians (e.g. Walter Bruggeman) have separated Genesis into two parts - Genesis 1 - 11 and Genesis 12 - 50. The dividing point begins with Abraham, and the tone of Genesis does change significantly at that point. In the first 11 chapters, Adam through Noah and Babel represent nearly 2000 years of human history. A broad ...


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This question spawns from a misunderstanding of why the genealogy is there in the first place. The genealogy is not a benign collection of facts, much like our own western approach to the topic would have it listed. Instead, Matthew provides Jesus' genealogy to legitimize him for any Jewish readers. First, consider that everyone is from Adam. It means ...


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The genealogy in the gospel of Matthew is definitely the genealogy of Joseph, and the genealogy in Luke's Gospel is most likely that of Mary. This coincides with the primary audiences of the two books (Mathew the Jews, and Luke the Gentiles). Mathew would want to show according to Jewish tradition that Jesus was both a Jew and a Son of David. Luke was trying ...


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In many cultures, genealogy roots a person in who they are. By saying, "so and so is the son of so and so," you are establishing an identity. As the old saying goes, "we don't want nobody nobody sent." In the specific case of Genesis 5 & 10 (sometimes called "the Table of Nations"), however, there is a very interesting theological point being made. ...


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The books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John can be seen to present Christ as King, Servant, Man, and God (in that order). See E.W. Bullinger's wonderful book Number in Scriptures for more on this topic (the chapter on the number seven). As Bullinger puts it, a king must have a genealogy, and a man should have one. You'll notice that Matthew's genealogy starts ...


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This is a great question. The Bible never provides a direct rationale for the seemingly long ages recorded in the Old Testament. It just states them as a matter of fact with no apology for them. As we look more closely at the ages, though, we find some very interesting things. The ages fall quite dramatically at a very definite point in biblical history ...


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The focus of this invective isn't so much on the genealogies themselves as it is the way in which people use them to puff them themselves up. Even barring earthly lineages, the poor of the church of Corinth managed to put themselves into faction. In 1 Corinthians 3, Paul writes: Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the ...


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There are several lessons to be drawn from this genealogy. One of my personal favorites is the four women mentioned: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and Mary. Each of these women's stories is mentioned in Scripture, and each has a less than stellar reputation. To wit: Tamar played the part of a prostitute, and got her father-in-law to impregnante her, although she ...


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tl;dr> Why was it recorded like that? because the story is making a theological point, not a legal one Is this the norm or the exception? the exact particulars of Boaz are exception, but it is based on a normal practice Is there any other recorded incident in the Scriptures where this was done and the lineage was accorded to the deceased person? ...


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There are some debates about this because these genealogies do not have every name along the branches but certain representative names. Most sources I have encountered think Matthew proves Christ was legally entitled to the throne of David as a legal ancestor to David through his father by law.  Luke on the other hand traces the  the physical lineage through ...


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Matthew and Luke had different purposes for their genealogies. Matthew wrote his gospel to present Jesus as King of the Jews. Therefore, his genealogy traces Jesus' descent from Abraham (father of the Hebrew nation) through the royal line of David and Solomon. Luke presented Jesus as the Son of Man and showed his descent from Adam (the first man). The ...


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Many people believe that there are gaps in the Genealogy listed in Matthew. This article addresses "the primary problems of the Genealogy in Matthew", and lists the gaps as one of the arguments for "unreliability" leveled by critics. Section I: What Are The Primary Problems Associated With Matthew’s Genealogy And How Are They Reconciled? There ...


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I don't think we can ever know for sure as we can't ask them. However I think the answer is probably to do with who they are writing to and what is the purpose of their writing. Matthew is probably writing to a Jewish audience. For them the Christ has to have come from Abraham & David and so Matthew spends the time to show that Jesus has the credentials ...


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Even if Theistic Evolution does require rejection of the creation account as literal, this does not require either that the Flood be fictional (many ancient civilizations record a great flood event), nor that Adam be fictitious. Whether one is a literal-creationist or a Theistic Evolutionist, there must be a legitimate First Man in the genealogy. If ...


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Noah's Lineage Noah was definitely a significant figure, as it was he and his family alone who survived the flood. The purpose appears to be to show Noah's lineage from Adam. Adding in brothers and sisters at each level would be a bit tangential to that purpose. Enoch was certainly a man of note due to his close relationship with God. The Line of Cain ...


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The lineage in Matthew follows Joseph, which would be Jesus' legal lineage to David. The lineage in Luke follows Mary, which would be Jesus' natural lineage to Adam. Both run through David, which qualifies him as an heir by either natural or legal lineage.


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I'm not Catholic, but the Catholic Encyclopedia does a good job of outlining the importance of the genealogies here. There are several purposes for including the genealogies in Scripture, some theological, some merely cultural. On the cultural side: The Hebrews shared the predilection for genealogies which prevailed among all the Semitic races. Among ...


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The Messiah and Joseph's genealogy? Both Matthew and Luke record the genealogy of Yeshua from different perspectives. Matthew's gospel gives us the legal lineage of Yeshua, while Luke gives us the bloodline. Matthew's focus is on Yeshua the son of David, the son of Abraham; thus the lineage of Yeshua in Matthew's gospel runs forward from Abraham, ...


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Modern scholarship tends to see the genealogies of Jesus as theological constructs rather than factual history. Thus the two New Testament genealogies should be understood in terms of what they were meant to achieve, rather than as a collection of facts. Matthew and Luke provide detailed genealogies for Jesus, back through the great Zorobabel to the line of ...


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Just because someone is not literally born of a specific man, does not discount him from that lineage. Joseph was not the cause of Jesus' birth, but he certainly accepted Him into his family and helped raise him well. We see this in the story of Abraham, where even his servants under his household were instructed to receive the symbol of circumcision, and ...


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Dittos to Narnian's answer, I won't repeat his material, but let me add some further thoughts: I've heard theories that the word translated "year" in our Bibles is really referring to some much shorter unit of time. One writer suggested it should be translated "month", so the ages of 800 and 900 years become 800 and 900 months, or 70 or 80 years, and thus ...


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Adam was created to live forever. However, Because of the fall, he had to die. He also forfeited his right to eternal life. The genetics of Adam were such that generations following would benefit exponentially, until the influence would be depleted. Thus, succeeding generations lived shorter periods of time. ...


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Matthew The Gospel of Matthew appears to be written to Jews in order to present Jesus to them as the King of the Jews. As such, it was necessary to trace Jesus' lineage through Joseph, His adopted father, through the lineage of the kings back to David, whom God promised would have an heir who would reign forever. It was also important to trace His lineage ...


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It is possibly a reference to the gnostic emanations (genealogies of angels) but in this case it seems to do more with Jewish folklore. Timothy does not really seem to attack gnosticism as is done in an Epistle like Colossians. It certainly has nothing to do with he genealogical records of Christ, which were so very important and which were clear enough ...


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There is nothing symbolic about those old ages they are there to remind us of just how continuing to sin sorrows God: All Scripture is quoted from the King James translation. Gen 6:1 through 6 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that ...


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To me, it sounds like a recounting of early civilization: domestication of animals, music, metallurgy, city building. A secular anthropologist would tell a story of hominids evolving over millions of years culminating with emergence of homo sapiens in Africa. Then the story shifts into high gear as humans migrated all over the world and culture, technology ...


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Joseph's lineage descended from Solomon according to the following passage: Matthew 1:6-7 (NASB) 6 Jesse was the father of David the king. David was the father of Solomon by Bathsheba who had been the wife of Uriah. 7 Solomon was the father of Rehoboam, Rehoboam the father of Abijah, and Abijah the father of Asa. Joseph was also descended from a ...


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Besides understanding the prophetic implications of being able to verify His genealogy to know He was indeed the Promised One, it is also important to understand what the Savior is: very man, and very God. He is the One Who makes up the gap between man and God. It was man who fell, and it was man who had to make it right. Jesus was "found in fashion as a ...


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"How is Jesus the Messiah, the seed of David"? Simple: Jesus is the human aspect of the offspring of David. Before that, Jesus was spirit. Jesus created all things, including humanity, as one of the persons of the Godhead before He was flesh and blood. It was only after Mary gave birth to Him that Jesus became flesh and blood. So this is not a circle. To ...



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