How many generations were there from Abraham to Jesus?

How many generations were there from Abraham to Jesus?

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Generations from Abraham to Jesus

In Matthew’s Gospel there are 41 generations from Abraham to JesusMatthew demonstrated that there were 14 generations (see Matthew 1:17): from Abraham to David; from David to Josiah; from Josiah to Jesus. To do this, he had to ignore 3 kings in the Old Testament and have David in the preceding (as 14) and following (as 1) groups, but not so Josiah.

Luke had great men occur in multiples of 7 generations starting from Adam, with: Enoch at 7; Abraham at 21; David at 35; Jesus at 77. In Luke’s list there are therefore 56 generations from Abraham to Jesus. This required adding two people in the Old Testament list: Kainan at 13 from Adam; Admin at 28 from Adam. Whereas Matthew follows the royal line from David to Zorobabel, Luke’s focus is on common people, so follows commoners from David to Zorobabel — notice Zorobabel’s quite different paternal grandfathers in the two lists.

The Difference

Based on multiple historical sources, there are 400 years missing from most people’s calculation of the number of generations.

My trilogy Torn Between Two Worlds documents this and brings logic back into Christianity.

This is the account of Dave Cross

Matthew’s list used a list that dropped out some rather worthless kings, and by grouping them 14 at a time, served as a memory aid.

Luke’s more detailed list doesn’t drop anyone out. The book of Matthew was already available by this time. Luke spent 2 years at least in Jerusalem, which means he had access to the registry of births that were keep there. He too had access to Jesus’ family members, which seems to have included Mary. In the opening words of his Gospel, he acknowledged the work of others.

  • (Luke 1:1-4) 1 Seeing that many have undertaken to compile an account of the facts that are given full credence among us, 2 just as these were handed down to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and attendants of the message, 3 I resolved also, because I have traced all things from the start with accuracy, to write them to you in logical order, most excellent Theophilus, 4 so that you may know fully the certainty of the things that you have been taught orally.

Luke’s list would be the most detailed. The 56 that Dave cited would be accurate

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