Friday, February 3, 2012 2:19 AM

Matthew and Luke Genealogy Question

Friday, February 3, 2012 2:19 AM
Friday, February 3, 2012 2:19 AM

People often use the two genealogies of Matthew and Luke as a proof of Biblical inaccuracy and questions of Biblical truth. The Bible is both accurate and true and this question is not a difficult problem to resolve.  The reason that I blog these issues is to demonstrate that further study and a better understanding answers the questions of Biblical truth. Praying for answers is one of the ways to witness God in action in our lives and one of the reasons for Bible study so that we can have this learning relationship with God.

 “For example, Matthew Jesus has a different grandfather in Luke 3:23 (Heli) than he does in Matthew 1:16 (Jacob). Which one is the right one? In response, we simply point to the obvious, namely, that two genealogies should be expected, since there are two different lines of ancestors, one traced through his legal father Joseph, and the other through his actual mother, Mary. Matthew gives the official line, emphasizing the Jewish Messiah’s credentials. Jews believed that the Messiah would come from the seed of Abraham and the line of David (Matt. 1:1). Luke, with a broader Greek audience in view, presented Jesus as the Perfect Man (which was the quest of Greek thought). Thus, he traces Jesus back to the first man, Adam (Luke 3:38).”[1]


[1] Geisler, N. L., & Saleeb, A. (2002). Answering Islam : The crescent in light of the cross (2nd ed.) (229). Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Books.

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