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THE GENEALOGIES.  
GREEK AND ENGLISH HARMONY
 
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ARE THERE ERRORS IN THE BIBLE?
               ARE THERE  ERRORS IN THE GOSPELS?
                         IS THERE LITERARY DEPENDENCY IN THE GOSPELS?
THE SYNOPTIC PROBLEM
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      Matthew’s record of Christ’s ancestry varies from Luke’s record and both vary from the record in Chronicles and all
       three vary from the record in Genesis. These variations have valid reasons. The genealogies within Chronicles and following do
       not contain all the names of those mentioned in Genesis because there is no need. In reality only a few names need be
       mentioned. Since inerrancy is attributed to the first Biblical document, Genesis, the names within Matthew 1, Luke 3 and
      Chronicles automatically assume the relationship of one to another in the first genealogy, for that is its reference point. Where
      names occasionally differ, it presents little real problem for it was quite common for the Hebrews to be known by several
      different names. E.g. Paul was also known as Saul and Peter as Celphas.

             Matthew’s genealogy is the genealogy of Joseph and is not the bloodline of Jesus but nevertheless it is His ancestry
      according to Jewish law. The bloodline of Jesus through Mary is recorded in Luke. It is plain the ancestry is through Mary even
      though Mary’s name is not mentioned but rather Joseph’s. Joseph is recorded as the son of Heli but Heli, we see from Matthew,
      did not beget Joseph. Matthew says that Jacob begot Joseph. (Matt. 1:16)

            However a son in law is also called a son. So Heli could beget Mary and not Joseph but still have have him as a son through
     marriage. The fact that Luke says, “Jesus as was supposed was the son of Joseph” (Lk.3: 23) implies a contradiction to what was
     supposed. So in reality, Luke is saying that Jesus was not the son of Joseph even though people thought He was. Therefore Luke
     records the ancestry through Mary’s line and enables it to be done so without directly mentioning that Jesus had no earthly
     father. This could not be done if the genealogy was arranged in the same manner as Matthew’s, which begins with Abraham.
     Luke’s account, if it were written today would say: “Jesus was the son of Mary and the supposed son of Joseph, the husband of
     Mary. Joseph being the son in law of Heli who was the father of Mary…”
             It can be seen from the foregoing that the difficulties of different genealogies in the Gospels do not detract from the
     accuracy of the Scriptures but in a subtle and precise manner add to the veracity of the testimonies, for these intricacies indicate
     that they are separate testimonies from separate sources; that is if they were humanly recorded written sources. However since
     the genealogies are in different order to each other this rules out a common written source such as may have been found in
     temple records, for no one copies documents in reverse order but it supports revelation by the Holy Spirit. The Temple records
     would only have one order, which would not be Luke's but Matthew's. This is strong evidence against the idea of the individual
     books of the Gospels being copied one from another.

       The line from Abraham to Solomon is essentially the same, except that Matthew has Judas, Luke has Judah.
   The genealogy from Adam to Abraham is not given in Matthew emphasizing  that Jesus is the son of  promise, the
   fulfillment of prophecy. Jesus is not a descendent through this line because of the virgin birth.
     In Luke the generations before Abraham  appears to be abridged as some names are omitted. Luke's descendency goes  
   back to Adam then God.  But  because of  the virgin birth, Jesus is not a descendent of Adam through this line on the
   male side either, so it is appropriate that the descendency goes back to God. For Jesus male line is God, He is the second
   Adam, the true Son of God. 
Dialogue which is different to Luke is highlighted in green. Dialogue which is different to Matthew is highlighted in turquoise. Dialogue which is common is indicated in bold.
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