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Can God Speak through Genealogies?

  The average reader of the Bible is sometimes puzzled by the inclusion of genealogies. Would you include genealogies if you were God and desired to write in one volume all that mankind needed to know in order to be equipped for every useful and beneficial work (cf. 2 Timothy 3:16-17)? Are they really profitable reading? The Old Testament begins with an account of the creation of the world. The New Testament begins with the human genealogy of the Creator of the world. Why are genealogies included in Matthew and Luke but not in Mark and John? Why does Matthew’s genealogy differ from Luke’s? Matthew’s gospel was originally written to a Jewish audience. He wrote to prove that Jesus is the Messiah, or the Anointed One, of God. This gospel begins with a genealogy to show that Jesus of...

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