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September 27, 2010

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Justine Jones

The genealogy differs (from David onwards) from the genealogy of Jesus outlined in Luke 3. I have heard this explained in the past as one genealogy being that of Joseph and the other of Mary (forget which way round it was) but that isn't clear in the scriptures (Matthew 1 states that Joseph's father was Jacob, Luke 3 says it was Heli). Any thoughts/comments/enlightened insights on this discrepancy?

JJ

Stu Cameron

Hi Justine,
Great question! In the end we do not know which of a number of possible plausible solutions is the right one - including that Luke is tracing a maternal line. Here is the link to an artcile I find helpful from a pastor I trust: http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/taste-see-articles/who-was-jesus-grandfather

Blessings!
Stu

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