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The Veiled Royal Genealogy Fact

Anyone who reads the Matthew and Luke Gospel genealogies of Jesus of Nazareth can see they are listed differently – Matthew chronologically works forward starting with Abraham, Luke works backward all the way to Adam…and they are not identical.

Variation occurs in the lineage accounts after King David with interim generations down to the birth of Jesus. Thus it launches a controversy leading detractors to say the lineage inconsistency proves the inaccuracy of the Gospels.[1]

Jewish sages unanimously agree the prophecies define the undisputed requirement for the Messiah that he must be born in the lineage of King David. If Jesus of Nazareth was not born in David’s lineage, he could not be the Messiah.

All Jewish genealogies were readily available in the Temple until it was destroyed by Rome in 70 AD, seven decades after the birth of Jesus.[2] Utmost religious importance was placed on Hebrew genealogy for the specific purpose of ensuring the purity of the lineage of the priesthood.[3]

Jewish historian Josephus challenged anyone who questioned his own heritage to check the public records.[4] As a former Priest and Pharisee insider, Josephus referred to the Jewish genealogical records tracing his family ancestry back 2000 years equating to the time span from Jesus back to Abraham.

Hebrew genealogical records were not just limited to the land of Israel. Josephus wrote they were tracked and recorded by local priests and prophets for all Jews living “at Egypt and at Babylon, or in any other place of the rest of the habitable earth…with the utmost accuracy.[5]

To become the wife of a Priest, a Jewish woman was subjected to the scrutiny of her “genealogy from the ancient tables.” Proof was required that a female was a Hebrew necessitating documented credible lineage history.

A historical Hebrew instance was used by Josephus to make his point. After the release of the Jews from Babylonian captivity, 565 priests were disqualified from the priesthood “having married wives whose genealogies they could not produce.”[6]

Talmud Sanhedrin 43a, a victim of the Censor in the Middle Ages, strongly inferred that Jesus was of royal lineage. An exception was granted for Yeshu (Jesus) from the Jewish Law that required execution by stoning for blasphemy or idolatry because Jesus was associated with the government or royalty.[7]

Sanhedrin 43a Gemara

“With Yeshu however it was different, for he was connected with the government [or royalty, i.e., influential].’” – Soncino Babylonian translation

Rather, Jesus was different, as he had close ties with the government…” – William Davidson translation

Jewish sage Rabbi Maimonides, some 1200 years after the birth of Jesus, produced his renowned work, Mishneh Torah. In it, the Rabbi denounced Jesus as one from the Davidic dynasty who had “aspired” to be the Messiah.[8]

“If he did not succeed to this degree or he was killed, he surely is not [the redeemer] promised by the Torah. [Rather,] he should be considered as all the other proper and legitimate kings of the Davidic dynasty who died. Jesus of Nazareth who aspired to be the Moshiach and was executed by the court…”

Luke traces the lineage of Jesus back to David through his son Nathan, not Solomon – a different lineage path yet he ascribes this lineage to Joseph.[9] Many experts believe Luke’s lineage is that of Mary assumed by Joseph under Judaic Law covering her inheritance rights as a Jewish female only-child.[10]

Matthew and Luke genealogies still have three points in common. Both Gospels display genealogies back to the House of David; both have a common ancestor in Zerubbabel, son of Shealtiel and they meet again with Joseph’s betrothal to Mary.[11]

Analysis of both Hebrew history and the Bible provide more corroborating evidence. Since all Jewish genealogy records were maintained in the Temple, these records had to include both Joseph, Mary and the birth of Jesus.[12]

Luke records that Joseph and Mary paid a redemption price to a Temple priest for Jesus in compliance with the Law for a firstborn male and as well as for Mary’s own Temple purification sacrifice ritual.[13] Neither event would have been allowed if the family had not been vetted by Temple officials.

Archenemies of Jesus as the Messiah, the Jewish leadership, were at ground zero with full access to the Temple’s complete Hebrew genealogical records dating back millennia. Lineage of Jesus in the House of David was easily accessible by the Jewish leadership in the genealogical archives.

A truism in the world of investigations is that when information is being intentionally withheld, it strongly suggests the withheld information is damaging.[14] In this case, direct acknowledgement of the lineage of Jesus is rare, virtually hidden.

If the High Priest Caiaphas or the Jewish leadership had simply demonstrated that Jesus of Nazareth did not have royal legal rights to the House of David, it would have ended the speculation that Jesus is the Messiah.

What is the likelihood the archenemies of Jesus would have taken full advantage of the opportunity to disqualify Jesus as being the Messiah if they could have only exposed Jesus of Nazareth was not of the royal House of David?

 

Updated October 22, 2021.

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[1] Lippard, Jim. The Secular Web. 2004. “The Fabulous Prophecies of the Messiah.”  https://infidels.org/library/modern/jim_lippard/fabulous-prophecies.html> “Contradictions Part 6: Jesus’s Genealogy.” Finding Truth. 2011. <https://findingtruth.info/2011/03/11/contradictions-part-6-jesuss-genealogy
[2] I Chronicles 1:24 – 2:10; II Chronicles 2:1-10; Ruth 4:18-21; Matthew 1:5; Luke 3:32. “Genealogy.” Jewish Encyclopedia. 2011. <http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/6577-genealogy>  “Siege of Jerusalem.” Encyclopædia Britannica. 2018. <https://www.britannica.com/event/Siege-of-Jerusalem-70>
[3] Josephus, Flavius. Antiquities of the Jews. Book III, Chapter XII.2.  The Complete Works of Josephus. 1850. <http://books.google.com/books?id=e0dAAAAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false>  Josephus, Flavius. Against Apion. Book 1, #6-7. The Complete Works of Josephus. 1850. <http://books.google.com/books?id=e0dAAAAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false> “Genealogy.” Jewish Encyclopedia.
[4] Nehemiah 12:23. Josephus. The Life of Flavius Josephus. #1 and footnote t.
[5] Josephus. Against Apion. Book 1, #6-7.
[6] Ezra 2:61-62; Nehemiah 7:63-64. Josephus.  Antiquity of the Jews.  Book XI, Chapter III.10.
[7] Soncino Babylonian Talmud. Ed. Epstein, Isidor. “Introduction to the Seder Nezikin.” Soncino Babylonian Talmud.  Shachter & Freedman. “Introduction to Sanhedrin.” Soncino Babylonian Talmud. Sanhedrin Chapter VI, Folio 43a. Greenberg, Eric J. “Jesus’ Death Now Debated by Jews.” Jewish Journal. 2003. Reprinted from The Jewish Week.  <http://jewishjournal.com/news/world/8546>
[8] Maimonides, Moses. (aka Rambam.) Mishneh Torah. Ed. Yechezkal Shimon Gutfreund, Brooklyn, NY:  Sichos in English. “The Law Concerning Moshiach.” Kesser.org. n.d. <http://www.kesser.org/moshiach/rambam.html#SIE> Maimonides. Mishneh Torah. Moznaim Publications. Jewish year 4937 (1177 AD). Trans. Eliyahu Touger.  Chabad.org.  2015. “Sefer Shoftim” > “Melachim uMilchamot.” <http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/682956/jewish/Mishneh-Torah.htm>
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