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The Genealogy of Jesus


Below are two lists of names taken from the New Testament.  They both claim to be the genealogy for Jesus tracing all the way back to Abraham.  At first glance you will see that the list from Luke's gospel contains fifteen more generations that that of Matthew.  If you suppose that each generation was at least twenty years old when they had their respective child, (typically, for the period this age would be higher), that is a difference of three hundred years.  Many scholars say that the list in Luke's gospel is actually Mary's.  The problem with this assertion is that the text does not say it.  The fact that there are two different genealogies for Jesus is suspect.  When you consider the facts that both genealogies have problems that exempt Jesus from being the messiah of Israel, the entire New Testament becomes suspect.

Matthew 1

1. Abraham
2. Isaac
3. Jacob
4. Judah
5. Perez
6. Hezron
7. Ram
8. Amminadab
9. Nahshon
10. Salmon
11. Boaz
12. Obed
13. Jesse
14. David
15. Solomon
16. Rehoboam
17. Abijah
18. Asa
19. Jehoshaphat
20. Joram
21. Uzziah
22. Jotham
23. Ahaz
24. Hezekiah
25. Manasseh
26. Amon
27. Josiah
28. Jechoniah cursed by God Jeremiah 22
29. Shealtiel
30. Zerubbabel
31. Abiud
32. Eliakim
33. Azor
34. Sadoc
35. Achim
36. Eliud
37. Eleazar
38. Matthan
39. Jacob
40. Joseph
41. Jesus


Luke 3

1. Abraham
2. Isaac 
3. Jacob 
4. Judah 
5. Perez  
6. Hezron 
7. Arni 
8. Amminadab 
9. Nahshon  
10. Salmon 
11. Boaz 
12. Obed  
13. Jesse 
14. David 
15. Nathan The promise was given to Solomon, not Nathan
16. Mattatha 
17. Menna 
18. Melea 
19. Eliakim 
20. Jonam 
21. Joseph 
22. Judas  
23. Symeon  
24. Levi 
25. Matthat  
26. Jorim
27. Eliezer 
28. Jesus  
29. Er 
30. Elmadam 
31. Cosam 
32. Addi 
33. Melchi  
34. Neri 
35. Shealtiel 
36. Zerubbabel 
37. Rhesa  
38. Joanan 
39. Joda 
40. Josech 
41. Semein 
42. Mattathias 
43. Maath 
44. Naggai 
45. Esli 
46. Nahum 
47. Amos  
48. Mattathias  
49. Joseph  
50. Jannai 
51. Melchi 
52. Levi   
53. Matthat  
54. Heli 
55. Joseph 
56. Jesus