Sunday, December 28, 2014

Thinking About Matthew's Genealogy

I recently posted something by Antonio and me over at "Across the Atlantic." It's called "Concerning The Canonical Genealogies Of Jesus" and you can read it here. At every turn in the life and times of Jesus, he is presented and confirmed as the rightful heir to the Davidic throne. Different than the clear majority of scholars, I believe that the Gospel of Matthew was written first, a belief that was held until the Enlightenment and higher-critical methodologies reshaped the way people looked at the New Testament. I believe that Matthew had access to the genealogical records available to the Jewish public in Jerusalem prior to the destruction of the Temple in A.D. 70. And Matthew made use of those records. Of course, I think it's possible the Holy Spirit gave those specific words prophetically to Matthew as he wrote the Gospel, apart from making use of any of the resources available to him in Jerusalem during the first century. That is certainly a possibility, but it is likely as well that Matthew did research similar to what Luke did for the composition of the Gospel he wrote (see Luke 1:1-4). Matthew's Gospel begins with a genealogy that proves the direct lineage of Jesus to David. Being a descendant of David, however, is not enough to prove that a particular individual is the Messiah. David had many descendants. There is much more that had to take place in Jesus' life and ministry, and all of it confirms that Jesus is the one of whom all the prophets spoke.

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