Your questions were:
> 1.  Why are there generations missing in Matthew?
Without a doubt there are generations missing in Matthew's record of the
ancestry of Jesus (Matt. 1:1-17).  Matthew's intent was to supply sufficient
evidence of the legal lineage of Jesus and that His claim of Messiah was
legitimate (2 Sam. 7:12-14; Psa. 89:3-4; 132:11-12).

Matthew did not intend to give an exhaustive, unabridged record of Christ's
ancestry.  Instead, Matthew evidently used a common memory technique of
sectioning off the genealogy record into 3 sets of 14 names:  From Abraham
to David, from David to the Babylonian captivity, and from captivity to the
Christ (Matt. 1:17).  What he provided was ample proof that Jesus was the
descendant of David (cf. Rom. 1:4).

For more on the genealogies of Jesus, please go to:

Sincerely yours,

Joe Price

Joe R Price

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