Genealogy of Jesus Christ

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The genealogy of Jesus has been a source of debate for centuries. This article sheds light from a biblical persepctive on this important topic.


  • Interpretation - Obtain a first century perspective on genealogies. Learn why the Israelites kept careful family records.
  • Matthew's account - Gain a Jewish perspective on the ancestors of Joseph.
  • Recorded women - Meet some of the remarkable women in Christ's family tree.
  • Luke's account - See a Greek perspective on the ancestors of Mary.
  • About Joseph - The unique treatment of Christ's father in the genealogies.
  • Jehoiakim's curse - Learn about this obscure prophecy which may have influenced the virgin birth of Jesus.
  • Objections - A summary of alleged discrepancies in the genealogical records.
  • Closing remarks - Admission of limitations, and links to other resources.

Main point

Matthew 1:1-17 and Luke 3:23-38 present the genealogy of Jesus. Matthew recorded Joseph's lineage while Luke gave the family tree of Mary. This is why the names in each account differ.

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