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-The Genealogy of Jesus and Jewish Objections

by Dr. D ~

Q: I’m very confused regarding a Jewish objection to Jesus as the Messiah which goes like this:

“The Bible says that the Messiah would be of the tribe of Judah and a descendant of David. According to Christians, Jesus was born of a virgin. However, tribal affiliation is conferred through the birth father only (Numbers 34:14, Numbers 1:18-44, Leviticus 24:10). The mother’s tribal affiliation was considered irrelevant to what her children’s tribal affiliation was and tribal affiliation/genealogy could not be inherited though a stepfather; only property could be inherited. Because Christians believe that Jesus had no human father, he would have had no tribal affiliation and would be eliminated from messianic consideration.”

A: The Jewish arguments seem to be rather compelling. However there are several facts that they do not address:

1. When Joseph completed his marriage to Mary who was pregnant at the time rather than breaking it off he was in essence accepting the coming child as his own. On the eighth day after Jesus was born he was circumcised and later Joseph along with Mary took him to the Temple to be registered and consecrated as his ‘first-born’ son (LK 2:22-24). Therefore Joseph officially recognized Jesus as his son and first-born heir (not by adoption) in the line of David and the tribe of Judah.   Game, Set, & Match!

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-Revisited: Who Was Cain Afraid of?

by Dr. D ~

Q: Adam & Eve were the 1st man/woman.  Able/Cain were were their sons.  Who were the people Cain thought might kill him, because he killed Able?  And where did they come from?

Were they not off spring of Adam/Eve, therefore brothers/sisters of Cain/Able?   -Chuck

A: Chuck, we actually dealt with that very question a couple of years ago. Here’s a link to the post:

Who Was Cain Afraid Of?

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-Christmas Bible Q & A’s

by Dr. D ~
The Birth of Jesus
(Image by Loci Lenar via Flickr)

Here’s links to all of the Christmas related Q & A’s from our archives:

1.  First the Christmas story itself:

The Christmas Story: Where is it in The Bible?

2.  There seems to be a lot of interest in the ‘Wisemen’ (Magi) that visited Jesus:

-Re: The Wisemen and the First Christmas

-Who Were the Wisemen?

-Are the Wisemen Really Buried in Cologne?

-Were There Really Four Wisemen?

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-God Said if They Ate the Forbidden Fruit They Would Die But They Didn’t?

by Dr. D ~

Q:  God said that Adam and Eve would die if they ate the forbidden fruit but they didn’t?

A:  Actually they did die just not immediately. Death became a part of the human saga after Adam and Eve ate from the forbidden tree. The inference here is that Adam and Eve might have lived on forever and never suffered death.               *Top 

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-What Was the ‘Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil’?

by Dr. D ~

Q:  What was the ‘tree of the knowledge of good and evil’ in the Garden of Eden and why weren’t Adam and Eve allowed to eat from it?

A:  The Bible doesn’t really actually explain what the tree is though it does seem rather self explanatory. Once they did eat from the tree Adam and Eve realized that they were naked which they hadn’t noticed before—their innocence was gone forever.

While the Bible doesn’t really tell us why they weren’t suppose to eat from it the inference is that they were not ready or adequately prepared to handle the choices between good and evil .            *Top 

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-First Woman Created in Gen.1:27 or Gen.2:22?

by Dr. D ~

Q:  What about the first woman. In Gen 1: 27 it states that “male and female he created them” –both of them. Yet the first woman Eve doesn’t really show up until much later in 2: 22?

A:  Gen. 1 gives us the summary and the general order of creation while chapter 2 goes back and has a more detailed account of life in the Garden. Gen 1: 27 merely states that man- both male and female were created. Gen 2: 21-25 fills in the details of the creation of Eve—the first woman.               *Top

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