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For some inexplicable reason, the number "five" is a recurring theme in the story of Joseph. Here is a sample: Gen 41:34 - Let Pharaoh appoint commissioners over the land to take a fifth of the harvest of Egypt during the seven years of abundance. Gen 43:34 - When portions were served to them from Joseph's table, Benjamin's portion was five times ...


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The same Joseph also did the following 5's. Genesis 43:34 When portions were served to them from Joseph's table, Benjamin's portion was five times as much as anyone else's. So they feasted and drank freely with him. Genesis 45:22 To each of them he gave new clothing, but to Benjamin he gave three hundred shekels of silver and five sets of clothes. ...


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The difference is rather simple - the total family of Jacob was 70 people. Joseph had two children + Jacob himself were obviously four people. Therefore, we have: (a) 66 people other than Joseph's family and Jacob + (b) four people of Joseph's family + Jacob = 70 people in total. Note the difference in the carefully worded sentences: (a) all the people who ...


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As explained by @Frank Luke, the original Jewish audience for Matthew would immediately have connected the number 14 to David. This was anticipated in verse 1 where Jesus is introduced as the "Son of David". It is crucial for Matthew to underscore that Jesus was the Messiah=Son of David. Of course, "son" is here used in an extended, ...


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