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July 06, 2006

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TomK

The early church "Fathers" were totally aware of the significance of the name Jechoniah in Joseph's genealogy (Matt 1:11,12).

What does "beggar belief" is the manner in which it was treated by that colossus theologian Augustine of Hippo.
His writings can be accessed on newadvent.org under "Fathers".

St. Augustine of Hippo
Sermons on Selected Lessons of the New Testament
SERMON I.
[LI. BENEDICTINE EDITION.]
OF THE AGREEMENT OF THE EVANGELISTS MATTHEW AND LUKE IN THE GENERATIONS OF THE LORD.

15. The carrying away into Babylon took place of old by Jechonias, who was not permitted to reign in the nation of the Jews, as a type of Christ, whom the Jews would not have reign over them. Israel passed over unto the Gentiles, that is, the preachers of the Gospel passed over unto the people of the Gentiles. What marvel then, that Jechonias is reckoned twice? for if he were a figure of Christ passing over from the Jews unto the Gentiles, consider only what Christ is between the Jews and Gentiles.

"beggar belief" is truly an understatement!

TomK.

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JohnO

Most scholars don't see how either Matthew or Luke's geaneologies are the literal traces of Jesus' ancestors. Raymond Brown tackles both of these subjects (The Birth of the Messiah) and doesn't find either record compelling to establish his davidic record. Yet Brown does believe Jesus is a Davidid - because of earlier records than the gospels - the Apostle Paul.

vynette

John, at least I agree with your scholar about the following:

"concerning his Son, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh..."

The very next verse is where we discover just when Jesus was declared to be the Son of God.

"...who was declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead; even Jesus Christ our Lord." (Rom 1:3-4)

More on Jesus' descent from David:

" Of this man's seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus." (Acts 13:23)

"Hath not the scripture said that the Christ cometh of the seed of David, and from Bethlehem, the village where David was?" (John 7:42)

"Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, of the seed of David, according to my gospel." (2 Tim 2:8)

Only through artificial contrivance and theological sophistry have scholars and ecclesiastics been able to justify ignoring the clear intent of these passages. In the face of clear evidence to the contrary, they continue to assert that Jesus owes his descent from David through Mary.

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Tomlinson

  • "For that ye strove in neighbour love, it shall be written fair, But now ye wait at Heaven's Gate and not in Berkeley Square, Though we called your friend from his bed this night, he could not speak for you, For the race is run by one and one and never by two and two." Rudyard Kipling

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