2. Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,
3. Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar, Perez the father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Ram,
4. Ram the father of Amminadab, Amminadab the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon,
5. Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse,
6. And Jesse the father of King David. David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife,
7. Solomon the father of Rehoboam, Rehoboam the father of Abijah, Abijah the father of Asa,
8. Asa the father of Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat the father of Jehoram, Jehoram the father of Uzziah,
9. Uzziah the father of Jotham, Jotham the father of Ahaz, Ahaz the father of Hezekiah,
10. Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, Manasseh the father of Amon, Amon the father of Josiah,
11. And Josiah the father of Jeconiah[U1] and his brothers at the time of the exile to Babylon.
12. After the exile to Babylon: Jeconiah was the father of Shealtiel, Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
13. Zerubabbel the father of Abiud, Abiud the father of Eliakim, Eliakim the father of Azor,
14. Azor the father of Zadok, Zadok the father of Akim, Akim the father of Eliud,
15. Eliud the father of Eleazar, Eleazar the father of Matthan, Matthan the father of Jacob,
16. And Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.
17. Thus were the fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Christ. [U2]
Women mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus:
1. Tamar –the mother of Perez. Tamar conned her own father-in-law, Judah, to sleep with her so that she may bear a child. That child was Perez.
2. Rahab –the mother of Boaz. She was the prostitute that saved the Israelites when they spied on the land of Canaan. Boaz married Ruth.
3. Ruth –she is the mother of Obed and the grandmother of King David. She was a Moabite -a Gentile admitted into the line of Jesus.
4. Bathsheba –she is not mentioned by name but as the wife of another man, thus revealing the adultery that did not cause her to be excluded from the line of Jesus. Her husband, Uriah, was a Hittite – a Gentile who was a God-fearing man. She was the mother of King Solomon.
It is clear from the above that those chosen to be in Jesus’ line were people with many flaws and they were thus not chosen due to any special characteristic, but by grace. That’s how it still is. We are included in the family line of God, not because we are perfect, but because of who Jesus is and because we have placed our faith in Him.
[U2]Or Messiah, “The Christ” (Greek) and “the Messiah” (Hebrew) both mean “the Anointed One.”
- Why did Christ’s ancestry matter to the first Jewish readers of Matthew’s gospel (wiki.answers.com)
- Is Christianity based on a myth? (compassioninpolitics.wordpress.com)