I came across this while researching a question someone posed to me. It does a good job of explaining the purpose of genealogies.
I hope you enjoy this as much as I have. Feel free to respond on either blog.
Why are there so many genealogies in the Bible? Are they important? What purpose do they serve?
Let’s be honest. When reading the bible sometimes we are excited and engaged but other times we are bored out of our minds. Reading through genealogies usually constitutes the latter sentiment. But to be bored by a genealogy you actually have to read it, and most of us skip right over them, don’t we? You might be surprised to find that genealogies can actually be interesting, and some even have some broader interpretive significance.
There are genealogies for the descendants of 23 people in scripture (you can see them listed below, as recorded in Willmington’s Book of Bible Lists). Genealogies were kept for the purpose of records and understanding family connections. Several times in scripture they are referred to as necessary for some type of legal or…
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