Do Jesus’ different genealogies mean the Bible is not inerrant?

Do Jesus' different genealogies mean the Bible is not inerrant?

Do Jesus’ different genealogies mean the Bible is not inerrant?

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Discerning Bible readers may notice some differences in the genealogy of Jesus when studying Matthew 1 compared to Luke 3. But what do these differences mean, and more importantly, what did they mean to someone who may have read the text thousands of years ago? In this video, Frank explains why we can still say that the Bible is inerrant despite these variations. Check it out!

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29 thoughts on “Do Jesus’ different genealogies mean the Bible is not inerrant?

  1. Incredulous Pasta

    I'm confused about which genealogy is supposed to be Mary's? They both trace through Joseph.

    "and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and Mary was the mother of Jesus who is called the Messiah." – Matthew 1:16

    "He (Jesus) was the son, so it was thought, of Joseph, the son of Heli, the son of Matthat…" – Luke 3:23

    April 21, 2022 at 9:21 am Reply
  2. Paul Johnson

    His first point is flat out wrong. BOTH blood lines trace Josephโ€™s lineage. Matthew 1:16 โ€œand Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.โ€
    Luke 3:23 โ€œJesus, when he began his ministry, was about thirty years of age, being the son (as was supposed) of Joseph, the son of Heli,โ€.

    That Matthew and Luke have different theological agendas (Turekโ€™s 3rd point) is closer to the bullseye.

    April 21, 2022 at 9:21 am Reply
  3. Evangelist Keegan Vires

    One of the genealogies is of Mary's family line and the other is from Joseph's yes that's common sense bud

    April 21, 2022 at 9:21 am Reply
  4. Berean Analytics

    For being so smart, why is stupidity still reigning? Read Eusebius. NOT Marys bloodline!

    April 21, 2022 at 9:21 am Reply
  5. Mind your P's and Q's

    My understanding is both genealogies show Mary and Joseph descended from the House of David. Joseph descended through the king line, which means Jesus, as his legal son by marriage, would have been eligible to become a king of Israel. Indeed His Cross bore the sign, The King of the Jews.
    The genealogies proved Jesus was the prophesied Messiah. What Jew since, or in the future, could do so?

    April 21, 2022 at 9:21 am Reply
  6. Redditoids belong in jail

    Norman Gissler…. The guy who went after Mike Licona's job because he thought the story of the saints in Matthew was a metaphor? What a joke

    April 21, 2022 at 9:21 am Reply
  7. Joshua Anna Siloam

    Truth cannot be hidden!

    April 21, 2022 at 9:21 am Reply
  8. Mark Horton

    One problem with your argument. Both genealogies are the line of Joseph. Your claim that one is Mary's ancestry is mistaken. The only reference to Mary's ancestry that I know of is the her (distant?) cousin Elizabeth is " of the daughters of Aaron" Luke 1:5 ie a Levite and beyond that daughter of a priest.
    Mathew 1:16 and Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus who is called Christ."
    Luke 3:23 And Jesus Himself began to be about 30 years old being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph which was the son of Heli
    I use the KJV for wider acceptance.
    Your analysis that the two genealogies are included for different purposes and in accordance to practice of the time not necessarily complete is, of course, correct. (just my opinion, I have no formal relevant training and absolutely no authority)

    April 21, 2022 at 9:21 am Reply
  9. Brian Emuss

    Iโ€™ve never undertaken the problem here. We all have 2 genealogies and they are both obviously different. ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ

    April 21, 2022 at 9:21 am Reply
  10. Jony Ivre

    Don't you know that Jesus has no real genealogy?

    April 21, 2022 at 9:21 am Reply
  11. Lisa Love Ministry

    Resurrect Rapture LORD Resurrect Rapture.
    1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 ๐Ÿ‘‘

    April 21, 2022 at 9:21 am Reply
  12. Retroflix

    I'd like to add to the genealogy answer. Tracing the earthly bloodline from Mary and Joseph proves our Lord Jesus has a double claim over the throne of David. Thus, He's called the son of David.

    April 21, 2022 at 9:21 am Reply
  13. Suckmynazdaq

    this is what happens when the internet discredits your tribesman bible and u have to spend the rest of ur life being cognitively dissonant

    April 21, 2022 at 9:21 am Reply
  14. Antichrist Revealed

    You used the wrong term in your title. Jesus does not posses the lineage or genealogy. He was not the son of Joseph. You should have stated Jesus's and not Jesus'.

    April 21, 2022 at 9:21 am Reply
  15. Sierra Clark

    Jesus Christ is waiting for you with His arms open wide!๐Ÿ˜

    April 21, 2022 at 9:21 am Reply
  16. sleepe361

    I think when you really put thought into the fact that when God flooded the earth the last time. And only 8 people survived it by the the salvation of God regardless of who anyone is or think they are or who you think or see anyone friendsor family literally it's God over all even myself. It puts everything in perspective in how it's not that hard to see how many people are gonna be deceived by someone else or by themselves if they don't come to truly know God genuinely and you see this right now from a spiritual perspective and understanding in Christ who we are in him and who we are or were without him before being saved. Because it's only genuinely by the holy spirit that anyone can and will have spiritual discernment,understanding and the genuine work of the holy spirit in a person.

    April 21, 2022 at 9:21 am Reply
  17. sleepe361

    Sometimes i genuinely feel as if to many people spend more time and effort on trying to solve who God is and trying to find answers and run around in their own intelligence searching for understanding that i believe only show's a person by the holy spirit if you're truly and genuinely regenerate spiritually in Christ i believe what he wants you to know spiritually is revealed to a person as they are growing and being taught by the holy spirit through sanctification truly it is a real work by the holy spirit in a person. That i question sometimes when a person is supposedly a person if God but you see that they are struggling to understand certain things spiritually,but yet claiming to be saved? But don't see the fruits of the spirit in certain people and they don't know it or see it themselves. I see alot of people who are very intelligent and have a very good understanding from a academic perspective but not so much from a spiritual perspective and i truly believe that's a huge deceiving problem with alot of people and they don't notice it. True spiritual growth in sanctification is truly only by the holy spirit. This is why the apostles we're looked at as ignorant people and not intelligent people and probably weren't as the king's and rulers in a worldy sense or depend on theirow understanding,but were wise in God and had understanding by the spiritual power of God literally,and that's all that matters. God Over Everything!!

    April 21, 2022 at 9:21 am Reply
  18. sleepe361

    How does anyone know who in these comments are brothers and sisters in Christ genuinely?? Or is that just another thing said like the word love and just say it and use it however you think feels and think love is??…

    April 21, 2022 at 9:21 am Reply
  19. T Sapp

    The genealogy is not a contradiction either. The blood curse from Jeremiah 22 is closely tied to this issue. In fact, when we examine closely the blood curse on the royal line, the virgin birth becomes a requirement. Notice that the genealogy given in Luke comes down through Heli, who is the father-in-law of Joseph. Jesus Christ, the Messiah, is of the House and lineage of David: of the House of David legally, and of the lineage by blood. That lineage is not the bloodline through Solomon, but through Nathan, the second surviving son of David and Bathsheba. In other words, Luke takes a left turn and goes to another sonโ€”not Solomon, but Nathan. There is some amazing hidden message in the genealogy here as well as Genesis chapter 5 . Here youย  go.
    Adam= man
    Seth= appointed
    Enosh= mortal
    Kenan= sorrow (but)
    Mahalalel = The Blessed God
    Jared = shall come down
    Enoch= teaching
    Methuselah= his death shall bring
    Lamech= the despairing
    Noah = comfort rest. Written by Chuck missler.

    April 21, 2022 at 9:21 am Reply
  20. O Really?

    Atheisum: Deciving billions and Making the world ๐ŸŒŽ a better place to go to Hell from.

    April 21, 2022 at 9:21 am Reply
  21. korean monster

    You're not God, sit your goofy booty down

    April 21, 2022 at 9:21 am Reply
  22. ME911119

    This does not answer the question. That is sad.

    April 21, 2022 at 9:21 am Reply
  23. ME911119

    What an straight up lie. The son jacob who begotten joseph is tracing the bloodline of mary???????? What does the bloodline of mary have to do with that geneology.

    April 21, 2022 at 9:21 am Reply
  24. Glory


    April 21, 2022 at 9:21 am Reply

    Different genealogies mean historical errancy of the New Testament. If God is perfect then how can he inspire different people with different accounts of history? Did he forget? This isnโ€™t the only problem in the Bible. There are literally countless issues like this.
    So in conclusion, The New Testament has nothing to do with God or his message. It was written by unknown men and/or women to control masses and make money off of them by implementing tithe.

    April 21, 2022 at 9:21 am Reply
  26. llllllllllllm1

    It's so amazing how apologists will consistently avoid this huge problem. There are so many problems with this. The point of the genealogies was to show how jesus came from David. Neither genealogy shows this. Mary's line comes from Nathan according to Luke and the bible is clear it will go through Solomon, not Nathan. So Mary's line is automatically disqualified. That is besides the fact that it doesn't go through the mother, but the father. As far as Joseph's line, we know you Jacaniah was cursed and no descendant of his will be the messiah. Well, that also disqualifies Joseph's line. That of course besides the fact that tribal affiliation never comes through a father who adopted you, but from your birth father as is clear from Numbers. Therefore, jesus, who supposedly had no father let alone one who comes from David, can obviously not be the messiah. But let's even put aside all these issues and ask a more fundamental question. If they are 2 different lineages, why do we need to know both of them? How can anyone believe this is not a blatant contradiction?

    April 21, 2022 at 9:21 am Reply
  27. Justin Gary

    ATHEISM AIN'T GOT NOTHING NEW OR BETTER TO OFFER THAN THE VERY RELIGIOUS BELIEFS THEY'RE CRITICAL OF SO IT'S HYPOCRISY AT IT'S FINEST ๐Ÿ˜‚. Hello this is for all you Atheists, unbelievers and skeptics. I'm going to address a few misconceptions and lies about God's Character and His Word. The Bible doesn't support chattel slavery or anything else Immoral. Ok so Atheists and unbelievers say God is either Immoral, incompetent or not responsible so let's see what The Scriptures actually say. God revealed himself and created a nation in a real, historical context. It was a world with a slave-based economy, with city states often at war with each other, with polygamous marriages to ensure the continuation of family lines. The laws of the Old Testament regulate this behaviour. Slaves are to be treated humanely (Exodus 21:11). They are given rights and not seen as mere possessions. Hebrew slaves were able to buy their own freedom. Human trafficking is condemned (Exodus 21:16). In contrast to the law code of Babylon, Old Testament Israel was a light to the nations. The Old Testament law and narratives do not stand alone. Jesus is now the best example of what we read. So the moral teaching of the Bible cannot be summarised by a quote taken out of context from the Old Testament to demonize God and His Word. Slavery was permitted in Old Testament law but it was regulated by God giving the Israelites instructions on how to fairly and humanely treat their slaves (it was like indentured servitude where someone could work for you if they owed debts or needed income not cruel like chattel slavery). God allowed the people of Israel to own slaves since they themselves has already experienced over 400 years of generations of Egyptian slavery and knew how inhumane it was to be beaten, overworked and taxed so God set them apart from other nations and cultures around them by giving them a fair way to treat their slaves since slavery had already existed in the world but it doesn't mean God condoned it just used it for His Will to bring Good And in the light of the whole scriptural teaching, we find the reasons for its ultimate abolition (Ephesians 6:9; Colossians 4:1-3; Philemon 15-16ย and Galatians 3:28). The Word of God provided the moral standard against slavery in the Roman Empire and against the slave trade in the New World.
    But what of genocide or holy war in the book of Joshua? Several things could be pointed out. The use of warfare in the ancient world did not always mean literal total destruction, even when events are described in such terms. Furthermore, the book of Joshua does not describe a genocide. It is not a race who are being wiped out, as in genocide, but a religious practice which was often appalling and degrading. Those who repent (like Rahab from Jericho or Ruth) are not destroyed but become part of Israel. It is not the racial group that is in view but theirย "detestable practices".
    However, after all is said, we must still acknowledge that God brought judgment on the nations of Canaan. It is not our place as believers isn't to sugar-coat the Bible. For some skeptics, this is enough to make God a moral monster. But the fact is that Jesus continued to affirm that God is a Judge who will bring a future judgment on all peoples and all nations. Godโ€™s judgment will be just. The list of Old Testament stories rejected by critics often leads to a similar dismissal of the New Testament teaching of Jesus on the existence of hell.
    After all, what was the Flood of Genesis or the conquest of Joshua if not a glimpse of future judgment? Hell does not demonstrate cruelty on Godโ€™s part, but it does demonstrate His Holiness and our moral accountability. Perhaps this is the real reason many people rail against the God of the Bible? It is not that they think He is a moral monster, but that they are afraid He is a moral Judge, and that has implications for our behaviour now. God is an Eternal Almighty Spirit Being and we as His creatures have Eternal souls and spirits so the punishment for our sins against Him must therefore also be Eternal but so must the reward for righteousness that's why He sent His Son Jesus to live a perfectly righteous and sinless Life (which none of us could ever possibly expect to do) suffer the humiliating and torturous death of crucifixion to shed His Own Blood willingly so that all who willingly accept His gift of salvation by grace through faith in Him will be saved and given Eternal life because that's what God wants is for us to willingly accept His gift of salvation and choose life. Exodus 21:20-21 literally speaks about capital punishment befalling anyone who mistreats their slaves so yes people are taking Scripture out of context to demonize God who literally promises that slaves who are mistreated under someone else's authority is to be avenged. When we hear the word โ€œslaveryโ€ we think of innocent human beings, kept prisoner for life, having no rights under law and so reduced to animals. This is clearly immoral because it is unjust: the slave has done nothing to deserve the treatment.
    The situation described as โ€œslaveryโ€ in the Bible was nothing like this. It is more accurately described as one of indentured servitude. Many โ€œslavesโ€ were indentured servants, working for a term of years
    Some other โ€œslavesโ€ were prisoners. There were no prisons. Prisoners had to work to live like everyone else. Some had life sentences. Some served a term and were released.
    People didn't beat their good slaves but treated them well and protected their assets thus.
    But no matter how rebellious a slave was, you couldn't just beat them to death. And if you knocked out their tooth or damaged their eye then you had to set them free. (Exodus 21:26). God wasn't using what other nations did because He wanted to set His Chosen People of Israel apart from the cruel, inhumane and unjust systems other cultures had so He gave them a fair way to treat their slaves and servants.
    There is a lot of ignorance on this topic which is understandable given the age we live in but it's not the nefarious set up we think of when we think of modern slavery. The question Atheists must ask themselves is how come the Jews aren't being accused of slavery and human trafficking if they're guilty of it in The Bible and why would white slave owners rip out pages from The Old and New Testament Scriptures to justify their owning blacks as slaves if The Bible already justified slavery?

    April 21, 2022 at 9:21 am Reply

    If you want your mind really blown understand that there is actually four genealogies givenโ€ฆ.one for each gospel. Matthew Give Jesusโ€™s lineage back to David to show he is the son of David and king. Mark gives the lineage of a servant. He was the suffering servant and you donโ€™t care about the lineage of a servant. Luke gives his lineage all the way back to Adam to show that he is the son of man and second Adam. And John gives his lineage as deity showing He is the Son of Godโ€ฆ..NOTE: The reason for the distinction between Maryโ€™s line and Josephโ€™sโ€ฆ..Jeconiah was cursed by God for his evil deeds and his seed would never sit on the throne of David. So when it gives Josephโ€™s lineage it highlights the fact that his blood never sits the throne. This is a fulfillment of prophecy. But Jesus As the adopted son has all rights as the firstborn and eldest even though he was adopted by Joseph. If you want a further trip transliterate all the names in order as they are given and he will see an entire history of salvation.

    April 21, 2022 at 9:21 am Reply

    If you wanna blow your mind even more thereโ€™s actually four genealogies given one per gospel. Matthew gives Krauss genealogy showing that he is king. And the son of David. Mark gives his genealogy as a servant you donโ€™t care about a servants genealogy. Luke killed his genealogy as a man all the way back to Adam showing is the second Adam and Son of man. And John gives his lineage as deity.

    April 21, 2022 at 9:21 am Reply

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