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Published on July 28, 2021

How Should We Interpret Biblical Genealogies?

In this four-part series, biblical scholar J. Richard Middleton answers the often-asked question, "How should we interpret biblical genealogies?"

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In this four-part series, biblical scholar J. Richard Middleton answers the often-asked question, "How should we interpret biblical genealogies?"

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In this four-part series, biblical scholar J. Richard Middleton answers the often-asked question, How should we interpret biblical genealogies?

He focuses on two sets of prominent genealogies in the Bible, first in the Old Testament (Genesis 1-11), then in the New Testament (Matthew 1:1-17). Middleton shows that these genealogies in Genesis and Matthew do not represent precise historical accounting, such that we could figure out when Adam and Eve lived. Instead, they have fascinating and important theological purposes, illuminating the message of biblical books in which they are found.