The book of the generation of
Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren;
And Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat
Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram;
And Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Naasson begat Salmon;
Judas was the father of Phares of Thamar. [2
And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed
Salmon was the father of Booz of Rachab. 
Booz was the father of Obed of Ruth. 
And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had
been the wife of Urias;
And Solomon begat Roboam; and Roboam begat Abia; and Abia begat Asa;
The genealogy of David [5
David was the father of Solomon "of her that had been the wife of Urias." 
And Asa begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram begat Ozias;
Joram was the father of Ozias. [7
And Ozias begat Joatham;
and Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias;
And Ezekias begat Manasses; and Manasses begat Amon; and Amon begat
Ozias was the father of Joatham. [8
And Josias begat Jechonias and his brethren, about the time they were carried away to
Josias was the father of Jechonias. [9
And after they were brought to Babylon, Jechonias begat Salathiel and
Salathiel begat Zorobabel;
And Zorobabel begat Abiud; and Abiud begat Eliakim; and Eliakim begat
And Azor begat Sadoc; and Sadoc begat Achim; and Achim begat Eliud;
And Eliud begat Eleazar; and Eleazar begat Matthan; and Matthan begat
Jechonias was the father of Salathiel [10
] and Salthiel was the father of Zorobabel.
And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is
Jacob was the father of Joseph. [12
So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and
from David until the
carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the
carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations.
There were 14 generations from David until the Babylonian captivity. [13
Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary
was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
When Mary was engaged to Joseph, she was impregnated by the Holy Ghost. [14
Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away
Joseph, being a just man [15
], decided to quietly put Mary away.
But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD
appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to
take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the
And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for
he shall save his people from their sins.
An angel appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying,
Go ahead and marry her. The Holy Ghost got her pregnant. 
She will have a baby boy.
Name him Jesus , because he'll save the his people
from their sins. 
Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the
Lord by the prophet, saying,
Behold, a virgin shall
be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name
Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
All this was done to fulfill the prophecy [19
A virgin will conceive and have a son named Emanuel.
Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had
bidden him, and took unto him his wife:
When Joseph woke up from his sleep, he took Mary as his wife.
And knew her not till
she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.:
He didn't have sex with her until Jesus was born. [20
- The book of the generation of Jesus Christ. (v.1)
The gospel of Matthew begins with a genealogy that claims to be Jesus's but is actually that of Mary's husband,
Joseph. (See v.16) This is strange
since its purpose (if it has a purpose) is to show that Jesus is a descendant of David, and therefore meets
one of the qualifications of being the Messiah. (2 Sam 7:12-13) But if
the Holy Ghost is the one who got Mary pregnant (v.25,
Luke 1:35), Jesus isn't David's "seed" and didn't "procede out of his bowels."
It a boring genealogy like that we are told to avoid in
1 Tim 1:4 ("Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies") and Titus 3:9 ("Avoid foolish questions and genealogies").
One of the interesting features of Matthew's gospel is the inclusion of four women in the genealogy. Women are
rarely mentioned in biblical genealogies, and yet Matthew includes five -- all of which have sexual activities that
would have been considered scandalous at the time. Tamar (v.3) disguised herself as a prostitute in order
to have sex with her father-in-law, Judah; Rahab (v.5) was a prostitute who took in Joshua's spies;
Ruth (v. 5) seduced her relative Boaz; Bathsheba (v.6) committed adultery with
David; and Mary (v.16) was suspected of having illicit sex by her husband, Joseph.
- Judas begat Phares ... of Thamar. (v.3)
Judah (Judas) "went in unto" his daughter-in-law,
Tamar (Thamar), who was disguised as a prostitute. She conceived and
bore Pharez (Phares), an ancestor of Jesus (or actually Joseph).
See Genesis 38:13-30
How many generations must a bastard wait until his offspring can
enter the congregation of the Lord?
- Salmon begat Booz of Rachab. (v.5a)
Rachab (Rahab) is probably the prostitute who was visited by the spies in Joshua
She is not mentioned anywhere else in the Bible as being the mother of Booz.
- Booz begat Obed of Ruth. (v.5b)
See Ruth 2-4 where she seduces Boaz (Booz).
- David the king begat Solomon. (v.6a)
There are 28 generations listed from David to
Jesus in Matthew's genealogy, while Luke's (3:23-31)
has 43. Except for David at one end and Jesus at the other, only three names in the
two lists that are the same.
The genealogy of Jesus
From which of David's sons was Jesus descended?
How many generations were there from David to Jesus?
- Of her that had been the wife of Urias (v.6b)
Bathsheba (See the story about the adulterous affair between David and Bathsheba that resulted in the birth of Solomon
in 1 Sam .)
- Joram begat Ozias. (v.8)
Who was Uzziah's father?
- Ozias begat Joatham. (v.9)
1 Chr 3:11-12 lists three generations between Osiah and Jotham
(Joash, Amaziah, and Azariah); Matthew omits all three.
Matthew vs. 1 Chronicles genealogies
- Josias begat Jechonias. (v.11)
Was Jeconiah the son or the grandson of Josiah?
- Jechonias begat Salathiel. (v.12a)
Did Jeconiah have any children?
- Salathiel begat Zorobabel (v.12b)
Who was Zerubbabel's father?
- Jacob begat Joseph. (v.16)
Matthew vs Luke genealogies of Jesus
Who was Jesus's paternal grandfather?
- "From David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations. (v.17)
How many generations were between the Babylonian captivity and Jesus?
How many generations from Jesus to Abraham?
- When ... Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together,
she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. (v.18)
After listing the genealogy of Jesus, Matthew
tells us that Joseph was not Jesus's father after all, which of course makes the
entire genealogy meaningless. The Holy Ghost, not Joseph, was the one who
impregnated Mary, contradicting many
scriptures which clearly state that Joseph was the father of Jesus.
Was Joseph the father of Jesus?
- Joseph ... being a just man. (v.19)
Has there ever been a just person?
- That which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. (v.20)
According to Luke 1:35, Mary knew before she became pregnant that the Holy Ghost
would "come upon" her. If so, then she must not have told Joseph, since in this verse he is told by an angel after
Mary is already pregnant.
Dreams in the Bible
- Thou shalt call his name JESUS. ... They shall call his name Emmanuel. (v.21a, 23)
What was Jesus H. Christ's real name?
- He shall save his people from their sins. (v.21b)
What will happen to Jews when they die?
- A virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name
The prophecy given in Is 7:14 referred not to a virgin but to a young
woman, living at the time of the prophecy. And Jesus, of course, was called
Jesus -- and is not called Emmanuel in any other verse in the New Testament.
- Joseph ... knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son. (v.24)
Many Christians believe that Mary was
always a virgin, but these verses imply that she and Joseph "came together" after the birth of Jesus, their
- Dwindling in Unbelief
- Jesus H. Christ: Does anyone know his name?
(Matthew 1:21, 23)
- Brucker's ASAB -- and was Jesus the (7th generation) son of a son of a bastard?
- New Testament Contradictions: The
Birth of Jesus Paul Carlson
- Christian Response
- The Annotated Skeptic's Annotated Bible
- But avoid foolish questions,
and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law (Matthew 1:1-17)
- How say the scribes that Christ is the son of David? (Matthew 1:18-25)
- Matthew 1:1
- Matthew 1:3
- The Genealogies in Matthew and Luke
- Matthew 1:11 - Josiah and Jeconiah
- Matthew 1:12 - The Father Of Zerubbabel
- Matthew 1:18 - Joseph: Father of Jesus?
- Matthew 1:23 - Isaiah 7:14 and the Sign of Emmanuel
- Matthew 1:25 and the Virginity of Mary
- SAB Author Answered
- SAB Author Answered