Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 7 years ago

What is the purpose of the genealogies of Jesus?

There are two of them and they are contradictory. Read the genealogies - do Christians actually believe Jesus is a direct descendant of the mythical "Adam and Eve"??


@Wolf - I believe they are mythical because (a) I can think and (b) Eve is "mother of all living" according to the Bible (Genesis 3) and thus her children -- ALL BOYS -- had to have sex with their mother, or with their sisters to procreate.

Update 2:

Also because the universe is about 14 billion years old, but if the Adam and Eve story is true it makes the universe about 3500 years old.

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  • 7 years ago
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    The extensive genealogies show either a genuine attempt at trying to merge the various myths and traditions adopted and adapted from various peoples and cultures, or an attempt to give a manufactured authority to the stories, or a mixture of both.

    One of the New Testament writers' claims was that Jesus is a descendant of King David, and so has the right to be a king as would have been expected of the awaited legendary Messiah, and worthy of the title "Son of God". "Son of God" is a title applied to the real king of Israel: 2 Samuel 7:14, "I will be his (David's) father, and he shall be my son".


    You say that Adam and Eve's children were ALL BOYS. That isn't quite what the Bible says:

    Genesis 5:4-5, "And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters: And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died."

    The stories of Adam and Eve and Cain and Abel were probably originally different and unrelated myths that the Genesis writer has tried to make into a connected narrative. The difficulties and problems that we might now spot in the narrative lies in their separate origins, and might have either not been perceived by those who told and heard these stories, or they might not have been considered important, or as important as the attempts at explanations about why things are the way they are in the myths concerned.

    The Adam and Eve story was a myth that tried to explain how death, toil and other woes came into the world; and like the Greek Pandora myth, a woman is blamed (and by extension, in a patriarchal society, all women).

  • 7 years ago

    When God created the earth, he created other people, not just Adam and Eve.

    When Cain murdered Abel, he was afraid of being sent to live in other lands - "in case the people there kill me"....where did those people come from? Obviously there were other people not just Adam and Eve and Cain and Abel. Until that time, Adam and Eve only had Cain and Abel, no other children yet - so where did the other people come from?

    Jesus was directly from the line of David, and also through the line of Adam and Eve.

  • 7 years ago

    There are some people in that genealogy who would be considered (by Jews and some educated people) inappropriate to serve God by becoming the ancestor of a Messiah. Examples Tamar and Ruth, who were Jesus' ancestors yet they were incestuously raped and was not a Hebrew, respectively. With this, God wants to show us that He is willing to accept anyone no matter their background, and is also willing to use them for the purposes of His Kingdom.

  • 7 years ago

    The purpose of the two genealogies is clearly to add weight to the assertion that Jesus is the "Messiah" and rightful king of Israel. Apparently, Davidic descent was one of the qualifications of an anticipated Jewish deliverer and probably still is in Jewish messianic circles today. The implication - that Jesus was "king" of the Jews - is spelled out in Matthew chapter two where he is given this title by the Magi.

    Both accounts occur in highly politicized contexts. In Matthew, Herod the Great - a king hated by most Jews - tries to kill the newborn Jesus as soon as he is born. This fictional episode is designed to recall the equally fictional account of an Egyptian ruler who ordered the slaughter of infants when Moses was born. The implication is that Jesus is a second Moses who will lead the nation out of Roman bondage, and indeed this is the way that Jesus is depicted in Matthew as a whole. Luke is even more overtly political. Mary is told:

    The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end

    We go on to read about bringing down 'rulers from their thrones' and in anticipation of the genealogy in chapter 3:

    He has raised up a horn of salvation for us

    in the house of his servant David

    (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),

    salvation from our enemies

    and from the hand of all who hate us

    This theme continues with the description of a census commissioned by 'Caesar Augustus'. This was another hated Roman institution designed for taxation purposes. Then in Luke three we have a list of multiple rulers starting from Tiberius Caesar and progressing to the regional governors and the high priests who later condemn Jesus. This is followed by a description of John the Baptist's message of imminent, fiery judgement and Jesus genealogy.

    In summary, the genealogies attempt to legitimize the claim that Jesus is the rightful leader of Israel whose coming was foretold by ancient prophets and who would deliver the nation from Roman rule. The expectation expressed in both Matthew (24:34) and Luke (21:32) is that he would return shortly to complete this task. This conviction of the imminent return of Jesus in the first century is expressed in nearly every book of the New Testament. Of course, this did not happen and it represents a major problem for Christianity that is seldom addressed by modern day believers.

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  • 7 years ago

    The Ancestors of Jesus , would have prayed for their one common descendant, who is great to be, like mythical abraham and mythical isaac believed they would have a great nation(plural) as descendants. The important ancestor for us today is Adam and Eve or Noah, because He (for our philosophical purposes symbolises) our common ancestor, making us all the same species. modern prehistoric Evolutionists would tell you that species diverge and that we are not equal but different like dogs and cats. Christianity would show you we are all one family. Now how would God that raises people from death in hospitals (today) treat Noah eternal, I can tell you I met father Noah the eternal physical spirit..

    Andromeda Galaxy 's motion. But Jesus showed us to believe in eternal life.

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    The difference in nearly all the names in Luke’s genealogy of Jesus as compared with Matthew’s is quickly resolved in the fact that Luke traced the line through David’s son Nathan, instead of Solomon as did Matthew. (Lu 3:31; Mt 1:6, 7) Luke evidently follows the ancestry of Mary, thus showing Jesus’ natural descent from David, while Matthew shows Jesus’ legal right to the throne of David by descent from Solomon through Joseph, who was legally Jesus’ father.

  • 7 years ago

    What is the purpose of the genealogies of Jesus while even the name of grandfather of Jesus is different in two genealogies??

  • 7 years ago

    The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ. (Matthew 1:1, 16 KJV)

    This is the lineage of Jesus in chapter 1verse one , which went down to Mary in chapter 1verse 16.

    This is Jesus' only lineage.

    Luke chapter 3 beginning and end of lineage list.

    And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli, Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God. (Luke 3:23, 38 KJV)

    Jesus being SUPPOSED the SON of JOSEPH, Joseph being the son of hell which was son of snow and so on...

    This isn't Jesus' lineage it is Joseph's lineage. But the populace thought Joseph had slept with Mary before the proper time; and believed not that Jesus was the son of God and Mary. So they applied Joseph's lineage to Jesus. This is why the scripture says the supposed son of Joseph.

    Yes, incest was acceptable in the dawn of man. Kings and queens did it through the medival times too unto their children started to become handicapped. So please come up with a better arguement... At least the judeans stopped before 1a.d. Unlike our common ancestors who performed incest until the Middle Ages...

    Also Adam and Eve's existence do not affect the date of earths creation. In verse one of genesis it clearly says God made heaven and earth. In verse two according to the Aramaic figure of speech Tohu vu bohu, meaning utterly destroyed and made to no effect and the mistranslation of "became" to was.

    Verse two states the earth became destroyed and made to no effect. To be made to no effect means it had effect before. Earth existed before verse two. The seven days flowing verse two are God repairing the earth and making things new. There is also no real hard evidence of the earths true age. Carbon dating is flawed. You cannot carbon date earth, or stone; they carbon date the plant and bone life around it. If the plant and animal life before Adam and Eve and the seven day repairing, had more or less carbon than our current life forms and plant life; it renders carbon dating useless.

    It is a scientific possibility that dinosaurs had more or less carbon than life we currently have. The bible also states in the creation of man and animal that he changed the type of life forms that existed on the earth by the usages of formed, made and created; according to their usage with God they have very specific usage.

    So time to rethink your battle strategy.

    Source(s): Bible scholar and advanced level in bible studies.
  • 7 years ago

    He has to be, or else their story is false. Just like Adam and Eve must be literal...or else Jesus was killed for a metaphor, which makes no sense.

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    Well since adam and eve are supposed to be the first humans it kind of logical to believe that a human would be it's direct ancestor.

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