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Genealogy of Jesus: From David to the Babylonian Captivity
Matthew 1:6-11 1 Chronicles 3:10-16
And Solomon begat Roboam;
and Roboam begat Abia;
and Abia begat Asa;
And Asa begat Josaphat;
and Josaphat begat Joram;
and Joram begat Ozias;
And Ozias begat Joatham;
and Joatham begat Achaz;
and Achaz begat Ezekias;
And Ezekias begat Manasses;
and Manasses begat Amon;
and Amon begat Josias;
And Josias begat
And Solomon's son was
Abia his son,
Asa his son,
Jehoshaphat his son,
Joram his son,
Ahaziah his son,
Joash his son,
Amaziah his son,
Azariah his son,
Jotham his son,
Ahaz his son,
Hezekiah his son,
Manasseh his son,
Amon his son,
Josiah his son.
And the sons of Josiah were ... Jehoiakim....
And the sons of Jehoiakim: Jeconiah his son....

Matthew and 1 Chronicles include a genealogy from Solomon to Jeconiah, but they disagree on the number of generations between them. 18 names are included in 1 Chronicles; 14 in Matthew. Apparently the author of the gospel of Matthew removed four generations in order to achieve the magical number of fourteen in each of the three segments of his genealogy. ("Ozias" in Matthew's genealogy may be an alternative spelling of "Ahaziah" in 1 Chronicles.)

So there are several contradictions here. Josiah is the father of Jeconiah in Matthew, but he is Jeconiah's grandfather in 1 Chronicles. And Jotham is Ahaziah's (or Oziah's) son in Matthew, but his great-great grandson in 1 Chronicles.

Apologists say that the genealogy in Matthew's genealogy isn't incorrect, it's abridged or "structured" -- which are just fancy-sounding ways to hide the obvious contradictions between these two genealogies.

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