The Shady Genealogy of Jesus

Luke’s genealogy of Jesus, from the Book of Ke...
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Ironically, I found this will using the plagiarism checker on something related, but unrelated to myself.

Every year during Advent, we hear Matthew’s account of the genealogy of Jesus: “A family record of Jesus Christ, son of David, son of Abraham. Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers. Judah was the father of Perez…” (Mt 1:1-17). Few readings seem more boring, as the lector goes on and on, reciting 14 generations from Abraham to David, 14 more from David to the Babylonian Exile, and 14 more from the Exile to Christ.

But Matthew’s symmetrical genealogy is much subtler than one might think. For one thing, contrary to the patriarchal mentality of the time, Matthew has inserted four women into the long list of men— a fascinating innovation. None of these women’s names—Tamar, Rahab, Ruth and Bathsheba—are found in Luke’s genealogy. Who are these women? Why are they there? What do they tell us about Advent?

America Magazine – The Genealogy of Jesus.

Some pretty ugly characters in the genealogy, don’t you think?

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One Reply to “The Shady Genealogy of Jesus”

  1. This might interest you.

    As everyone knows, the Matthew and Luke genealogies are different. Normally we don’t try and reconcile tham but in the early 20th century (when biblical literalism was the norm) people did try to.

    One example from Rudolf Steiner. Steiner concluded that there were two Jesus children, one in Lukes genelogy and one in Matthew’s. One died at a later date:

    “Steiner believes there were two seperate Jesus children (one descended from Nathan one from Solomon). Since Steiners day we have discovered that the Essenes expected two Messiahs so a belief in two is not unique to Steiner. Matthew and Luke’s gospels have different genealogies of Jesus. Zoroaster’s ego reincarnated into the Solomon Jesus which is why the Magi came looking for him. The Solomon Jesus is very knowledgable and is the one described as a boy in the temple with the teachers of the law. The Nathan Jesus is very loving and compassionate but his physical body was weak. Today we might consider him to have a learning disability. However, his astral body was inherited from the Buddah. Buddah’s mission is to develop a sense of compassion and love eventually perfecting himself through many reincarnation cycles. At the age of 12 the ego of Zoroaster transmigrated from the Solomon Jesus into the ego of the Nathan Jesus so we have a fusion of the two. Knowledge and compassion are now combined. The Solomon Jesus dies and Mary goes to live with the family who have the Nathan Jesus plus his brothers and sisters. There is then a gap from the age of 12 to 30. Steiner advances the idea that Jesus spent this time with the Essenes. This was before the discovery of the dead sea scrolls, so Steiner is quite early in promoting this. Jesus rejects the way of the Essenes and wanders in the desert eventually meeting John the baptist who had also rejected the Essene teachings. John is a reincarnation of Elijah. John becomes Jesus’ teacher. John baptises Jesus at the age of 30 and at that moment the Christ being descends from the sun and takes up residence in Jesus. Christ is important to Steiner because he is composed of these various spiritual beings and perfected souls. None of these can incarnate again because they are perfect. This is why Steiner rejects a second coming of Christ as a physical being.”

    I realise thisis verfy esoteric, but I thought it was relevant.

    Full article here:

    http://www.ecalpemos.org/2010/12/summary-of-rudolf-steiners-theology.html

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