The Genealogy of Jesus is an age-long issue in Christian history and over the centuries various people have actually developed various imaginative explanations in the effort to provide a possible answer to the problem. Here we will provide exegetical evidence for Matthew recording Mary’s family line and NOT Luke!
The primary imaginative explanation is that the Gospel of Luke is recording Mary’s family line while the Gospel of Matthew is recording Joseph’s. They state that, because there was no Greek word for “son-in-law,” Joseph was called the “son of Heli” by marriage to Mary; this would make Mary the daughter of Heli. This view is held by some conservative Christian Bible scholars, who find it unthinkable that the bloodline of a man would be traced through his mother’s side in a patriarchal society, and when it was, the husband would be named instead of her, and she would stay unnoticeable. Regrettably, this explanation is likewise absolutely fabricated! The Word of God had indeed already clearly specified that the Messiah was going to come from a woman.
“I will put enmity between you (serpent) and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.” – Genesis 3:15
So why would the Word of God conceal it now? The text does not state anywhere that Mary was Heli’s daughter, because she wasn’t and to state that Joseph was called the “son of Heli” by marriage to Mary is pure imagination and a desperate approach to find an answer where the text plainly offers none. On top of that, Israel was not a patriarchal society like other pagan societies of that time, however this is another conversation for another topic. Furthermore, although this interpretation is the only one that would show that Jesus is a descendant of David, it still would not make Him qualified to be the Messiah, as the Gospel of Luke traces the genealogy of Jesus to David through his son Nathan, however the Messiah needed to be a descendant of David through his son Solomon.
“When your (= David) days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for My name (= Solomon built the Temple, not Nathan), and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his Father, and he shall be My son.” – 2 Samuel 7:12-14
How then can we explain the discrepancy in the genealogies of Jesus and prove with exegetical evidence for Matthew recording Mary’s family line and NOT Luke?
The solution can simply be discovered if someone goes through the trouble of doing some research study, go pass all readily available translations and takes a look at a few of the original texts of the Gospels with the intent of discovering the solution. When the archeological evidence for the 14 generations “error” in Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus is discovered, whatever falls in place and makes great sense, like it should, as the Word of God is perfect.
After discovering that some Hebrew manuscripts of the Gospel of Matthew, or including parts of it, had actually been preserved over the centuries, we embarked on our research study and discovered 2 extremely fascinating ones containing the complete genealogy of Jesus.
In a previous archeological dig, we discovered one single page of the Gospel of Matthew – Chapter 1 in Hebrew from a manuscript going back to 1576-1600 AD, whose place of origin is Italy, and which is now readily available to see online at the click of a button inside the virtual library of Bodleian Library, which is the primary research study library of the University of Oxford and among the earliest libraries in Europe.
In the Hebrew text of Matthew 1:16 we discover that the Joseph stated there is NOT the husband of Mary.
As you can see in the picture shown below, the Hebrew text reads:
Yoseph abi Miryam = Joseph father of Mary
We likewise discovered a 2nd witness of the Gospel of Matthew – Chapter 1 in Hebrew, from a Hebrew manuscript going back to 15th-16th century AD, whose place of origin is likewise Italy.
As you can see in the picture shown below, the Hebrew text, much like the previous one, reads:
Yoseph abi Miryam = Joseph father of Mary
Now that we have actually discovered that Joseph in Matthew 1:16 was the father of Mary and NOT her husband:
1 – We have actually resolved the 14 generations issue in Mathew 1:17 from the captivity in Babylon up until Christ by including Mary as the missing generation. See the calculation here!
2 – There is a great reason why Matthew’s genealogy and Luke’s genealogy do not match: because they present the bloodlines of 2 different people. Matthew’s genealogy is without a doubt Jesus’ biological mother Mary’s line and Luke’s genealogy is His adoptive father Joseph’s.
Mary was married to a man named Joseph, who was the adoptive father of Jesus, AND ALSO had a father whose name was Joseph. Joseph was a common name in Israel. Notice that there are 4 Josephs in Luke’s genealogy.
3 – We have now detailed evidence that Christ is a direct biological descendant of King David through Solomon, and from the Tribe of Judah through His biological mother Mary, who was the daughter of a man called Joseph. And we can ultimately show without a shadow of a doubt that Jesus remains in fact eligible to be the long-awaited Messiah and we can put this dilemma to rest!
4 – Last, but not least: we have proven with exegetical evidence for Matthew recording Mary’s family line and NOT Luke; therefore, Christianity still stands and the New Testament is alive and well!