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?
Some pretty ugly characters in the genealogy, don’t you think?
- Why did Christ’s ancestry matter to the first Jewish readers of Matthew’s gospel (wiki.answers.com)
- Second Wednesday of Advent – A Family “Advent”-ure by Thomas Grosh (godspace.wordpress.com)
- Thoughts on the Whore and Jesus (thechurchofjesuschrist.us)
- Which God did Jesus Incarnate? (pastorbobcornwall.blogspot.com)
- Worst Book I Have Ever Read! (diglot.wordpress.com)