Stop rolling your eyes.
Actually, in my experience, genealogies–what they are and how they function in the Bible–is about as commonly misunderstood as any biblical genre.
As Lamoureux puts it, “Most Christians assume that genealogies in the Bible are merely lists of related family members quite similar to genealogies today. However, in the ancient world the primary purpose of a genealogy was to offer an important message about the community or nation. In this series of episodes we will look at various genealogies in Scripture, and then come to a conclusion regarding why Adam appears in the biblical genealogies found in Genesis 5, 1 Chronicles, and Luke 3.”
The series is as follows. To view part 1, Introduction, click here. Subsequent segments will appear each Tuesday.
- Introduction (9 mins)
- Genealogies of Jesus in Matthew 1 & Luke 3 (10 mins)
- Sumerian Kings List (9 mins)
- Hebrew Patriarchs in Genesis 5 & 11 (11 mins)
- Adam & Biblical Genealogies (22 mins)
- Conclusion (9 mins)