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In Matthew's genealogy of Jesus, he records the names of both of the sons of Judah and Tamar: Perez and Zerah, who were twins. Zerah is not a direct ancestor of Jesus, since the line goes through Perez. Yet, Matthew doesn't record the names of any other sons who were not part of the line he traces - not even Esau who like Zerah was a twin. Jeconiah's brothers are briefly mentioned in 1:11, but not by name. Why would Matthew include Zerah's name, then, into the genealogy?

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This may help. In the lineage of Jesus a daughter of Perez marries a son of Zerah. – user6838 Feb 3 '15 at 7:10
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Judah was the father of Peretz, but Tamar was known as the "mother of Peretz and Zerah" and the emphasis is on the maternal side in this verse, as in verses 5 and 7 referring respectively to the sons of the matriarchs Rahav, Ruth and Bat-Sheva.

See also the wording of the genealogy in Chronicles I 2:4 where the twins are mentioned as the sons of Tamar.

See also Genesis 28:5, "Rebekah, mother of Jacob and Esau".

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I can’t imagine why Matthew listed Zerah in the genealogy of Jesus Christ. For it is apparent he was not part of the genealogy. The first letter that Paul wrote to Timothy; 1 Timothy 1:3-7 As I urged you when I went into Macedonia — remain in Ephesus that you may charge some that they teach no other doctrine, 4 nor give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which cause disputes rather than godly edification which is in faith. 5 Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith, 6 from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle talk, 7 desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor the things which they affirm. NKJV we are told not to teach any other doctrine nor give heed to fables and endless genealogies. The stone of scone is more a fable than Mother Goose

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Could it have to do with the fact that the Zerahite line spawned Prince Eochaidh (later crowned as King Heremon) of Ireland, who married Tea Tephi, King Zedekiah's daughter? Tea Tephi was apparently brought to Ireland by the prophet Jeremiah along with the "Stone of Destiny". The Davidic Royal line then transfers to Scotland (along with the coronation "Stone of Destiny") and then ultimately to England. Hence, fulfilling God's promise to David that he would never lack a man on the throne, as well as His promise to Judah that "the sceptre would not depart from him until Shiloh (Messiah) comes". Could be why the Holy Spirit had Matthew include Zerah in his genealogy.

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Hi Jim. Welcome to This answer seems to speculative (and the linked site provides no evidence for its claims). Rather than "Could it have to do with ..." do you think you could provide firm evidence for seeing an Irish connection to the Davidic line? – Dick Harfield May 2 '15 at 6:56

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