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Judah?
« on: October 18, 2006, 10:31:03 AM »

 Hi,

I've heard in order to be a member of the tribe of Judah, one must be a biological decendant of king David.  Jews argue that this proves that Jesus is NOT the Messiah.

Chris


Dear Chris:

Where is the proof that Mary was not of the Tribe of Judah.  And the Jews certainly do not believe for one second that Jesus was born of a virgin, in which case Joseph absolutely came from the Tribe of Judah, as we have his genealogy.  Surely most Jews believed that Joseph was Jesus' natural father.

Then thre is this scenario:  Joseph is the son of Jacob who dies with a surviving brother named Heli.  Heli has a daughter Mary (now first cousins with Joseph), whom Joseph marries (first cousins are not forbidden to marry in the Bible), and hence Jesus is a true Jew through Mary who is a Jew through Heli.

Then this is also this scenario:  Joseph dies childless, but has a brother, Heli. According to the Law, the brother of the deceased (in this case Heli) was to raise up seed to his deceased brother (Deut. 25:5).  And although in this case Heli would be the real and natural father of Joseph, he would be legally considered Jacob's son (See Deut. 25 verse 6). This however, would only solve the genealogical problem of Matt. 1 and Luke 4, not the necessity of Jesus being of the physical line of Judah.

God be with you,

Ray
 

PS   You know what Paul said about apparently "endless genealogies?" I don't waste too much tijme on these things.
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