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Matthew 1: 1-17. The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. This was the Gospel reading in today's afternoon mass.

I was so tired in the office that I went to church for the needed respite. I didn't realize that the Gospel was about the genealogy of Jesus. The Gospel traces Christ's family line.

Don't you know that genealogy of Jesus in presented as well in Luke 3:23-38? And that Luke give different accounts? [more after the jump]

Here Jesus' genealogy from Luke 3:23-38:
* David
* Nathan
* Mattatha
* Menna
* Melea
* Eliakim
* Jonam
* Joseph
* Judah
* Simeon
* Levi
* Matthat
* Jorim
* Eliezer
* Joshua
* Er
* Elmadam
* Cosam
* Addi
* Melki
* Neri
* Shealtiel
* Zerubbabel
* Rhesa
* Joanan
* Joda
* Josech
* Semein
* Mattathias
* Maath
* Naggae
* Esli
* Nahum
* Amos
* Mattathias
* Joseph
* Jannai
* Melchi
* Levi
* Matthat
* Heli
* Joseph
* Jesus

Here Jesus' genealogy from Matt 1:1-17
* David
* Solomon
* Rehoboam
* Abijah
* Asa
* Jehoshaphat
* Jehoram
* -
* -
* -
* Uzziah
* Jotham
* Ahaz
* Hezekiah
* Manasseh
* Amon
* Josiah
* -
* Jeconiah
* Shealtiel
* Zerubbabel
* Abiud
* Eliakim
* Azor
* Zadok
* Achim
* Eliud
* Eleazar
* Matthan
* Jacob
* Joseph
* Jesus

From wiki, several theories have been proposed to explain the discrepancies between Matthew and Luke:

1. The oldest one, ascribed to Julius Africanus[2], uses the concept of Levirate marriage, and suggests that Matthan (grandfather of Joseph according to Matthew), and Matthat (grandfather of Joseph according to Luke), were brothers, married to the same woman one after another - this would mean that Matthan's son (Jacob) could be Joseph's biological father, and Matthat's son (Heli), was his legal father.
2. That Luke's genealogy is of Mary, with Heli being her father, while Matthew's describes the genealogy of Joseph.
3. That at least one, and possibly both, of the genealogies are simply fabricated, thus explaining the divergence.[3]
4. According to Barbara Thiering in her book Jesus the man, Jacob and Heli are one and the same. Heli took the name "Jacob" for his title as patriarch. The true genealogy is that in Luke's gospel, and in Matthew's gospel Heli's line is grafted in to the royal line running down through Solomon.

So which genealogy do you believe in? Do you believe in the identity of Jesus Christ as recorded by Matthew? Or as recorded by Luke? Whichever you pick, one thing is certain and forever will be true, that Jesus is the only name by which we are saved.

Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.

Merry Christmas everyone!

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