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How could Jesus be descended from the royal line of David if he was born of the Virgin Birth?

The Old Testament has two distinct methods of claiming kingship. One is by descent from David, and the other is by prophetic or divine appointment. Where did David himself get his kingship? It was by ...
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Why are the men of Genesis so old? Were the dating systems just different? Are all of these old ages supposed to have symbolic meaning?

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 ...
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Why Does Matthew not give Jesus Christ's genealogy from Adam?

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 ...
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What is the farthest back an LDS Member has traced his family tree?

Robert C. Gunderson, Senior Royalty Research Specialist, of the Church Genealogical Department stated, in regards to the possibility of accurately tracing back to Adam and Eve, that the answer is No. ...
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Why is Ruth's child in the line of Boaz and not Mahlon?

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 ...
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Judah, Joseph, and Jacob's birthright

Honestly, there are a lot of questions there and rather than skip around I'm going to give one really long background on the birthright and blessing. Just be glad I'm not also giving a treatment to ...
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If Adam is an allegorical character, which Bible character in messianic genealogy is the first real human?

Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772), whose teachings are accepted in the various "New Church" or Swedenborgian denominations, stated that all of the early stories of Genesis up to the point of ...
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If Joseph was Jesus's adoptive father then did Jesus really have David's blood?

These are two lineages in the Gospels. One - which you have cited - in Matthew, which traces Jesus' ancestry through Joseph, and another in Luke which traces His ancestry through Mary. Joseph's ...
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How could Jesus be descended from the royal line of David if he was born of the Virgin Birth?

I'm not certain whether this will help with your question or not, but this is a small section from Oscar Cullmann's, Christology of the New Testament (page 129): Hegesippus was the Jewish Christian ...
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What evidence is there that the genealogies in the early part of Genesis refer to tribes instead of individuals?

The evidence that the genealogies in the early part of Genesis refer to tribes instead of individuals is disarmingly simple. It is seen especially clearly in Genesis 10, which is commonly referred to ...
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What was the importance of including all of the families in books like Numbers?

The list of names in Numbers chapter 26 has a direct relationship with the list of names in chapter 1. The whole book of Numbers covers 39 years, which equals the time of their desert wanderings. At ...
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Reading the genealogy of Adam up to Noah as a sentence in Hebrew

Dr. Missler stated that these translations are contrived from the three letter roots. I don't know Hebrew, but he seems to present it as loose translation. The fact that it is there at all points to ...
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What is the farthest back an LDS Member has traced his family tree?

Between neglect, wars, natural disasters, and other catastrophic events destroying important records throughout the ages, and people not bothering to keep them in the first place, it's next to ...
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How was Jesus the Seed of David if Jesus is God who created Man (Adam), and David is the seed of Adam?

"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 ...
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If Jesus is the son of God then why bother listing his genealogy?

As Westerners, we live in what is known as a "guilt culture". Accordingly, we lack an understanding of the importance of familial lineage. Most of the Middle-east operates on what is know as an "Honor-...
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Matthew/Luke Generations missing between Rahab and David

My study bible (The NIV Study Bible by Zondervan) notes that it was a common ancient practice to "telescope" a genealogy -- i.e. to skip over generations when building the list. In the introduction ...
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Different genealogy in Matthew and Luke

The gospel of Jesus, written by Luke, has a specific reason for giving the genealogy that he does. Notice where Luke suddenly (almost unexpectedly) places that genealogy. He plonks it right inbetween ...
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Other claimants to throne of David besides Jesus?

None of the seed of David, through Jeconiah, could ever inherit the throne of David due to the curse upon Jeconiah recorded by the prophet Jeremiah. Jeremiah states of Jeconiah, king of Judah : Thus ...
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The Messiah and Joseph's genealogy

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 ...
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Why Does Matthew not give Jesus Christ's genealogy from Adam?

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 ...
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How could Jesus be descended from the royal line of David if he was born of the Virgin Birth?

The lineage of Jesus through Mary is given in Luke 3:23 through 38 while the lineage of Jesus through Joseph is given in Matthew 1:1 through 16. A comparison of the two shows that the Joseph in ...
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How could Jesus be descended from the royal line of David if he was born of the Virgin Birth?

Tribal lineage passes only through the father,(Numbers 1:18, Ezra 2:59) while being Jewish passes through the mother. So one cannot claim to be of a certain tribe if there is no earthly father. As ...
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How could Jesus be descended from the royal line of David if he was born of the Virgin Birth?

How could Jesus be descended from the royal line of David if he was born of the Virgin Birth? The answer to this question if in the form of legality that Joseph was indeed of the house of David. The ...
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How could Jesus be descended from the royal line of David if he was born of the Virgin Birth?

It is a virtual mathematical certainty that Jesus was a biological descendent of David. Let's consider the genealogist's dilemma. The Math Go back one generation--your parents--you have 2^1 (2 to the ...
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How could Jesus be descended from the royal line of David if he was born of the Virgin Birth?

There are some excellent answers to this question, and my post is simply to keep things simple in an attempt to show, from the Bible, the legitimacy of the claim that Jesus is a descendant from David ...
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Do we know who the descendants of Mary mother of Jesus were?

Answered by my elder Rick Calvert from Hope Christian Church: Cody, The only historical genealogical information of Mary’s family after the birth of Christ are the names of her four other sons. ...
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What evidence is there that the genealogies in the early part of Genesis refer to tribes instead of individuals?

To a biblical literalist, it would not be possible to read the genealogies other than literally - after all the Bible tells of events that could only involve specific, named people. However, once we ...
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Judah, Joseph, and Jacob's birthright

There is the line of the shifting of the birthright in Bible. In Genesis alone, there are at least four cases of the shifting of the birthright: from Esau to Jacob (25:22-26, 29-34); from Zarah to ...
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