Genealogy of Jesus
1] The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
2] Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judah and his brethren;
3] And Judah begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Adam;
4] And Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Naasson begat Salmon;
5] And Salmon begat Booz of Rahab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse;
6] And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias;
7] And Solomon begat Roboam; and Roboam begat Abia; and Abia begat Asa;
8] And Asa begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram begat Ozias;
9] And Ozias begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias;
10] And Ezekias begat Manasses; and Manasses begat Amon; and Amon begat Josias;
11] And Josias begat Jechonias and his brethren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon:
12] And after they were brought to Babylon, Jechonias begat Salathiel; and Salathiel begat Zorobabel;
13] And Zorobabel begat Abiud; and Abiud begat Eliakim; and Eliakim begat Azor;
14] And Azor begat Sadoc; and Sadoc begat Achim; and Achim begat Eliud;
15] And Eliud begat Eleazar; and Eleazar begat Matthan; and Matthan begat Jacob;
16] And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.
17] 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.
Another Genealogy can be found in Luke 3:23-38
While Matthew started with Abraham and goes forward to Jesus, Luke starts with Jesus and goes all the way back to “Adam, which was the son of God.” (Luke 3:38) Both genealogies show that Jesus is the descendant of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Judah, Jesse and David as was foretold by the prophecies of the Messiah.
Many Bible scholars believe that one of these genealogies is the family line of Mary, and the other is the family line of Joseph. There is some controversy among those who believe this as to which is which.
Many others believe that both are the genealogies of Joseph – one the legal genealogy and the other the natural genealogy. The website amazingbibletimeline.com states “one being from the line of David and the other being from the line of Levi thus giving Christ both priestly and kingly power. A number of writers have suggested that this could have happened through adoption, or through the common practice for a “brother” (a man from the same father but not necessarily the same mother) to marry his deceased brother’s wife to raise up children for his brother.”
News for Joseph
The birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise:
When Mary his mother was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privately.
But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream.
The angel: Joseph, son of David, fear not to take Mary thy wife unto you: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and you shall call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet. Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel (Isaiah 7:14), which being interpreted is, God with us.
Then Joseph, being raised from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him. He took unto him his wife and knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son.