Last night we discussed the anomaly of the genealogies found in Matthew and Luke. Matthew’s account has women – and misses three kings. Unfortunately, Matthew provides the lineage right through Jeconiah – a king cursed by G-d, and guaranteed not to have an heir on the throne.

Luke, on the other hand, provides a pristine lineage, but unfortunately, it leads to David’s son Nathan, not Solomon… which means Yeshua (Jesus) can’t be the Mashiach (Messiah). Too bad.

So how do we reconcile these contradictory lineages? By examining the history of G-d’s people, specifically, the Maccabean revolt, the actions and character of King Herod, the location shift of the desposyni, we were able to bring clarity to what appears contradictory.

Mazel tov to our friend the Rabbi! Hashem has given him a grandson, born in Israel. He and his wife left today to greet their newborn, and hopefully stay until the bris.

This gives us more time to prepare our apologetic for Yeshua Rabbeinu (Jesus, our Teacher).

I pray this last class gets you excited for the depths of truth that lie beneath the pages of  the Apostolic Writings!

As a result of last night’s class, you should be able to answer the following questions:

  1. 1 Chronicles 3 has three kings listed that are skipped in Matthew’s genealogy of Yeshua. What is one explanation of why?
  2. The women listed in Matthew’s genealogy of Messiah have somewhat scandalous pasts. Parallel this curious inclusion with the Sages midrash about King David’s conception.
  3. Matthew uses time brackets to divide his genealogy. One is to mention Abraham, to David to Messiah. The first letter of each man spells the Hebrew word אדמ. Explain the significance.
  4. Who are the Hashmoni? What did they usurp?
  5. Why would direct descendants of King David live in the Galilee rather than Bethlehem?
  6. What happened to the public genealogical records of the house of David?
  7. Naysayers are quick to point out that according to Matthew’s genealogical record, Yeshua is in the cursed line of Jechoniah. How would you respond?
  8. Isaiah uses the word alma to describe the young woman whose child would be a sign of Hashem’s provision. This Hebrew word does not always mean virgin. Give two defenses of the Master’s miraculous birth using the Septuagint and common sense.
  9. Recognizing the Hebraic nature of the genealogical list provided by Matthew, by noting there were 14 generations from Abraham to David, 14 generations from David to the Deportation to Babylon, and 14 generations from the Deportation to Messiah, what is Matthew shouting to the world?
  10. The Midrash Rabbah gives a great description of the growth in worthiness of Israel from Abraham to David, culminating in the splendor and glory of King Solomon, followed by the decline of worthiness finishing with the exile to Babylon. How does Matthew use this midrash to glorify Yeshua?
  11. Luke’s genealogy of Yeshua is different than Matthew’s! How can this be? Use historical precedent and Torah commands to demonstrate your argument. For example, Joseph’s father is either Jacob or Eli, depending on which gospel account you read. Explain!

My SD card ran out of space during the second hour of class, and I had to recreate the last part of the recording. I apologize to our remote listeners for the loss of all the excellent comments and perspectives that the Tzadik Class provided!



PS: Click here for the class audio and the awesome slide show.