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Genealogies are records of family descent. There are twenty five in the Hebrew Bible, typically tracing lineages from father to son(s).

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Was David and Bathsheba's firstborn son, the one who died, the Christ? [closed]

The problem is this: David was told that the Messiah would come from his body (2 Samuel 7:12), and Matthew and Luke both record genealogies from David to Joseph. There are extra-biblical arguments ...
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Did God choose Judah because of Leah's words in Gen. 29:35?

Of what significance, if any, is Leah's final surrender to God at the birth of Judah about Jacob not loving her, in that God chose Judah to be the tribe of ancestry for the Messiah? And she conceived ...
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What is the connection between Bethlehem being Joseph's "own city" and Joseph being "of the house and lineage of David"?

This has been a difficult question for me to formulate because there are so many tangential thoughts which led to it and stem from it. I have tried to weed out as many bunny trails as I could so, ...
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How is Joab related to Amasa?

I’m having a hard time distinguishing this from the text. It’s clear that Amasa’s parents are Jithra and Abigail. It gets confusing to me after that. “And Absalom made Amasa captain of the army ...
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Was Cush the father of Nimrod?

The Table of Nations in Genesis 10 lists the various descendants of Noah that formed the nations of the world. But between these two verses: 10:7 — The sons of Cush were Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah,...
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Why did Matthew omit three generations from his genealogy in Matthew?

In Matthew 1:6-11 Matthew lists 14 generations from David to the Babylon deportation. Yet I Chronicles 3:10-15 lists 17 generations between the two. So my question is why did Matthew claim there were ...
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Is there any scripture that supports the suggestion that Jesus's mother Mary was a descendant of King David?

I recently tried to research a question I had: "Why does the gospel of Matthew consider Jesus Christ to be a descendant of David even though Joseph was not his biological father?" Apparently ...
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Why is the genealogy in Ruth different from Luke?

In Ruth 4:18-22, the genealogy recorded is different from Luke Luke 3:23-38. Now these are the generations of Perez: Perez fathered Hezron, 19 Hezron fathered Ram, Ram fathered Amminadab, 20 ...
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Matthew 1:16 Father or Husband of Mary?

I found in Matthew 1 of the Peshitta, Joseph as a father to Mary and not husband! And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ. (Matt 1:16 - KJV) ιακωβ δε ...
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Does Psalm 51:5 indicate that David was the illegitimate son of Jesse Or his woman?

Psalm 51:5 5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me. ( The following youtube video link will lead to a video of a Charismatic/Pentecostal Pastor named Brian Carn ...
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Is Titus 3:9 evidence that Matthew’s Gospel genealogy was in circulation & criticized for including Jeconiah? [closed]

The Controversy associated with Jesus’ genealogy in Matthew 1:12 involves God’s Curse on Jeconiah’s descendants from Jeremiah 22:24-30. Matthew 1:12 sets up a genealogy for Jesus’ Davidic kingship ...
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Would it be correct to say that Esther was a "closely related" collateral descendant of King Saul?

It's would have made a great movie/film plot if we could say that Esther was a lineal descendant of King Saul, but based on the following bible genealogy, it does Not seem that way. However, in both ...
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Understanding "leader of" term in Genesis

I'm trying to outline biblical geneology starting from page 1 as a personal project. Since I don't know what's going to be important until the end of the project, I'm trying to take notes on some ...
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Why did it take Noah this long to have children in Genesis 5:32:?

Genesis 5:32 NIV 32 After Noah was 500 years old, he became the father of Shem, Ham and Japheth. All Noah's ancestors had children when they were around one hundred years but when it came to him it is ...
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Who is Reuben's tribal head upon entering the promised land?

In Numbers 1:5-16, we see the appointment of the princes or chieftains of the tribes of Israel. In verse 5 we clearly see the tribal head for Reuben: And these are the names of the men that shall ...
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Is Korah the son of Adah or Aholibamah?

Gen. 36:14 says that Aholibamah, Esau's third wife, had a son named Korah: And these were the sons of Aholibamah, the daughter of Anah the daughter of Zibeon, Esau's wife: and she bare to Esau Jeush, ...
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four generations from Rahab to David?

In Matthew 1:5 it appears that there are only 4 generations from Rahab to David. This doesn't seem possible. I thought that period would have been 300-400 years (Judges). Am I missing something?
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Do we have a Father of all living things, if yes what’s Adam’s role and the meaning of this scripture

Genesis 3:20 KJV [20] And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.
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What's the significance of the omission of Moses' wife and sons in the genealogy in Exodus 6?

Moses' wife and sons are omitted from the genealogy, whereas Aaron's wife, sons and grandson are all included. What is the significance of this? Related but different question on the genealogy here - ...
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Why doesn’t Jesus’ genealogy in Luke 3:31 go through Solomon to David?

According to the following passage “And David took more concubines and wives from Jerusalem, after he came from Hebron, and more sons and daughters were born to David. And these are the names of ...
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Why are there two Shimei's mentioned in 1 Chronicles 23 verses 9 and 10?

The genealogies and lists of names are sometimes very hard to follow in the Old Testament. In this instance, there are two names spelled exactly the same in two consecutive verses. At the end of ...
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Lineage, Ruth, and Levirite Marriage

In Deut 25:5-6, it starts the lay the foundations of the levirite marriage statute, the purpose of which is to raise up seed in the name of the deceased brother "that his name be not put out of Israel"...
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Why was Amnon not punished by David for raping Tamar?

David is unwittingly involved in the set-up, by agreeing to Amnon's request to have Tamar make him some cakes. II Samuel 13:6,7. He KNEW what happened next, and was very angry. II Samuel 13:21. He did ...
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(1 Chronicles 7:15-17) "Machir took a wife for Huppim and Shuppim" then does it mean that Machir was arranged a marriage for Huppim & Shuppim?

1 Chronicles 7:6-19 New American Standard Bible (NASB) Descendants of Benjamin 6 The sons of Benjamin were three: Bela and Becher and Jediael. 7 The sons of Bela were five: Ezbon, Uzzi, ...
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Method of calculating the Years in Genesis Genealogies

In Genesis 5 it stands written concerning the descendants of Adam through to Noah and his sons. Now, in making my own chronology of years, I have come across an issue in applying the numbers together:...
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What is the significance of the scarlet thread on Zerah's hand at the end of Genesis 38?

The whole sequence of events is so strange that it feels symbolic. Hands don't normally come out first in childbirth, and then pulling it back in is curious. Why would a midwife be so anxious to label ...
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From what tribe did Jesus come?

In Revelation 22:16, Jesus says, "I am the root and offspring of David, and the bright and morning star." Joseph the father of Ephraim has a dream prophesying of himself being the brightest star of ...
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Why does 1 Chronicles 23 not mention Korah son of Izhar?

1 Chronicles 23:18 After separating into divisions the sons of Levi—namely Gershon, Kohath, and Merari—King David appoints them different duties. Of all the three sons of Levi, their direct ...
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Why are there only 13 generations from Shealtiel to Jesus? ( mathew 1:12-16)

Matthew 1:17 KJV 17 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away ...
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Amalekites in Genesis

In Genesis 14:7 we see this verse. Then they turned back and went to En Mishpat (that is, Kadesh), and they conquered the whole territory of the Amalekites, as well as the Amorites who were ...
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Why are the descendants of Hebron not specifically named in Exodus 6:17-22?

Exodus 6:17-22 KJV 17 The sons of Gershon; Libni, and Shimi, according to their families. 18 And the sons of Kohath; Amram, and Izhar, and Hebron, and Uzziel: and the years of the life of ...
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Why does the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew (NASB) omit Admin of Luke 3:33 (NASB)?

I'm comparing both Matthew and Luke's genealogy of Jesus. Matthew wrote this: Ram was the father of Amminadab, Amminadab the father of Nahshon... - Mat 1:3 (NASB) And Luke wrote this: the ...
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Why is Elkanah said to be an Ephraimite?

1 Samuel 1 [1]Now there was a certain man from Ramathaim-zophim from the hill country of Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an ...
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Are there gaps in the genealogy from Adam to Noah?

It is clear that biblical genealogies regularly skip over intermediate generations in order to fit a scheme of numbers such as a multiple of 7. However, the fact that the age of fatherhood is ...
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Was Rahab the Harlot contemporary with Salmon?

As we can see in the Matthew's Genealogy of Jesus beneath, it does not say Rahab the Harlot, but Rachab (apparently another name). Matthew 1 King James Version (KJV) The book of the ...
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Why does 1 Chronicles 6 not mention Meraioth?

1 Chronicles 6 does not mention Meraioth who is mentioned in 1 Chronicles 9:11 and Nehemiah 11:11: 1 Chr 6 1 Chr 9:11 -------- ----------- 6 Meraioth Amariah 7 Ahitub ...
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Can differences in the line of Zerubbabel in the genealogies of Jesus in Matthew & Luke be reconciled with each other and with 1 Chronicles 3:17-24?

Zerubbabel was mentioned in both Matthew and Luke as an ancestor of Jesus. But the texts present two problems for me: How does Jesus's genealogy diverge at Solomon/Nathan, converge on Shealtiel and ...
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Are there any manuscripts that confirm genealogy in the Septuagint's Genesis 5?

The genealogy in Genesis 5 as it appears in the Septuagint is very different from the geneologies of the Masoretic & Samaritan texts. For example, Methuselah lives 14 years past the flood in the ...
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Why does Zephaniah have such an extensive genealogy?

Zephaniah 1:1 The word of the Lord that came to Zephaniah the son of Cushi, son of Gedaliah, son of Amariah, son of Hezekiah, in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah. Zephaniah has the ...
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Is it plausible that Noah's Dad knew Adam?

I overheard in conversation this morning: My mate from college said that he drew a graph of the genealogy in Genesis 4 - and worked out that Noah's Dad probably knew the living Adam. My question ...
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Does Matthew's genealogy (1:1-17) introduce 'persecution' as a gospel theme?

There are many persecution elements in Matthew's gospel. What evidence is there that supports the idea that Matthew rhetorically used the reference to the deportation (RSV) in 1:11,12 and 17 to ...
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What is the source for Rahab's husband in Matthew 1?

In the Talmud, Megillah 14b, it mentions towards the end1 that Joshua married Rachav and that Joshua never had sons, but only daughters: דאיגיירא ונסבה יהושע ומי הוו ליה זרעא ליהושע והכתיב (דברי ...
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When did the battle of David and Goliath take place?

When did the battle of David and Goliath take place? I would assume a fairly accurate estimate could be given because it had to be when David was alive (and probably fairly young), and this date ...
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How many (direct) children do people think Adam & Eve had or Adam had? [closed]

This question relates to any history related a question raised by Gen 5:4 After Seth was born, Adam lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters. The statement that Adam had other sons and ...
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Missing or incorrect genealogy information for Samuel?

First, the verses: 1 Samuel 1:1 (ESV) There was a certain man of Ramathaim-zophim of the hill country of Ephraim whose name was Elkanah the son of Jeroham, son of Elihu, son of Tohu, son of Zuph, an ...
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Why is the genealogy of Moses placed in the middle of his life story?

The placement of the genealogy of Moses and Aaron, beginning at Exodus 6:14, appears to be a bit odd at first glance. One might expect it to be placed at Moses' birth or maybe his death, but instead ...
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Reuben lay with Bilhah. Did Naphtali too?

Genesis 35:22 states that Reuben lay with Bilhah: It came about while Israel was dwelling in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father’s concubine, and Israel heard of it. (NASB) ...
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Were Shem, Ham and Japheth Triplets?

Genesis 5:32 "Noah was five hundred years old, and Noah became the father of Shem, Ham, and Japheth." When considering the Genealogies of Genesis 5, it becomes evident that the standard form of ...
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Who was Abram's mother? [closed]

NOTE: I'm posting this question here, rather than on History.SE since many (most?) historians deny the existence of an historical Abram and certainly don't think the Abram narrative in Scripture is ...
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What is the significance of Gen 46:10 "Shaul the son of a Canaanitish woman"?

What message is being conveyed in Gen 46:10 when it says of one of Simeon's sons: "Shaul the son of a Canaanitish woman" (KJV)? Judah also had three sons by a Canaanite woman (Gen 38:2-5), Er, Onan, ...
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