How Should We Interpret Biblical Genealogies?

Published on July 28, 2021

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.


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The Genealogies in Genesis: Part I

This is the first in a four-part series as biblical scholar J. Richard Middleton answers the often-asked question, How should we interpret biblical genealogies?

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The Genealogies in Genesis: Part II

In the second part of his four-part series, Richard Middleton covers the genealogies of Genesis 5, 10, and 11.

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Matthew's Genealogy of Jesus: Part I

In the third part of a four-part series, J. Richard Middleton shares an introduction to Matthew’s genealogy, with a close look at Abraham to David.

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Matthew’s Genealogy of Jesus: Part II

In the final part of his four-part series, J. Richard Middleton continues his discussion on Matthew's genealogy of Jesus, from David to the Exile, culminating in Jesus the Messiah.