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January 15, 2020

Jesus’ Ancestors (1:1-17) Part 7 Judah married Er to a young Canaanite woman named Tamar. Their marriage was short-lived. Er died. So Judah ordered his n ext son, Onan to have sex with Tamar in order “to raise up offspring for your brother.” This was what we know as “levirate marriage” (more on that later). Continue reading…

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January 8, 2020

Jesus’ Ancestors (1:1-17) Part 6 In Ge. 38:1-3 the narrative of Judah and Tamar is written. Judah was the fourth-born to Jacob’s first wife Leah. He was the “father” of the future Isrealites who later took on his name to describe their territory — the southern kingdom of Judah — and their national/ethnic designation: “Jews”. Continue reading…

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January 1, 2020

Jesus ‘ Ancestors (1:1-17) Part 5 But before moving on, there is something powerfully ironic in this genealogy. In contradistinction to almost all other Jewish records, Matthew’s includes women! Here are their stories. In Ge. 19:30-38 we read about Lot’s daughters. Lot, Abraham’s nephew had settled in Sodom which at that time was a fertile Continue reading…

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December 25, 2019

Jesus’ Ancestors (1:1-17) Part Four But the common people, those illiterate, impressionable labourers, farmers, and shop-keepers, also had their say: “Could this be the Son of David?” (Mt. 12: 23) “A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, ‘Lord, Son of David, have mercy o me!’” (Mt. 15:22) Perhaps the ultimate declaration, Continue reading…

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