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The descent of David, and therefore Jesus, from Ruth the Moabite comes from the Book of Ruth. However, many biblical scholars say that the Book of Ruth is actually a work of fiction, which would negate the supposed ancestry of David. Just one part of the evidence for its fictionality is in the names of the two husbands who died so young: Mahlon means ...


Later examples of more extended lineages, as seen in Genesis 10-11 intended to show the roots of the world's present day inhabitants and, as displayed in 1 Chronicles 1-9, were also important for such things as tribal & personal inheritance rights and for priestly qualification. So, these lists would be helpful for future historical and 'legal' matters ...

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