42 Generations?

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  1. Dr. Bob

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    Matthew begins with . .
    14 generations from Abraham to David
    14 generations from David to captivity
    14 generations from captivity to Jesus Christ

    We know of the dates with great accuracy
    2100 BCE to 1010 BCE
    1010 BCE to 586 BCE
    586 BCE to 4/7 BCE

    Are these accurate geneologies? Had a student (I'm preparing for teaching "Chronology of the OT" next semester) who said something just didn't "add up" here.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. skanwmatos

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    The genealogy is abbreviated to show purpose not necessarily an unbroken chain of descent. Notice that Jeconiah is in both the last generation prior to the captivity, and the first generation following the captivity. I believe the reason for the genealogy is to reveal God's purpose in history. First the early history leading to David (type of Christ the "son of David"), then the history of the monarchy leading to the captivity (type of our captivity in sin), and finally the history of post-exile Israel leading to the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, the culmination of Israel's historical purpose and the fulfillment of the type.
     
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    In Hebrew numbers are signified by letters. If I remember correctly, the 3 letters in David's name add up to 14.
     

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