|Matthew 1:16 |
16 And Jacob begat Joseph1 the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called the Christ.
1 This genealogy is of Jesus' natural father, Joseph. Since Joseph was not the actual father of Jesus, and the Holy Spirit was, you might be wondering how Jesus could claim to be the son of David? In Luke 3:23 we find the genealogy of Mary, saying: Joseph was the son of Heli, but Joseph was clearly the son of Jacob, Matthew 1:16. So Luke 3:23's, recording of son of Heli should be understood to mean son-in-law of Heli. Therefore this genealogy of Christ is of Joseph, while the genealogy in Luke is actually the genealogy of Mary. Actually, the word son is not in the original, so it is correct to supply either son or son-in-law in the translation. The two genealogies show that both parents were descendants of David — Joseph through Solomon (Matthew 1:7-15), thus inheriting the legal right to the throne of David, and Mary through Nathan (Luke 3:23-31), her line thus carrying the seed of David, since Solomon's line had been refused the throne because of Jechoniah's sin.
Further, By Jewish law, the name of a woman cannot be mentioned in a genealogy. For a woman's genealogy to be traced, you must use the name of her husband, but in such a way as to indicate it is really the wife's. Hebrew and Greek allow such a subtle distinction. With English we never put the article "the" in front of a name, such as the Matthew, or the Joseph. Hebrew and Greek do not have such restrictions. So, on close examination of the Greek text of Luke, every name has "the" in front of it, except the name of Joseph. This missing article of "the" indicates it is the genealogy of Joseph's wife, Mary instead. The absence of Mary's name is quite in keeping with Jewish practices on genealogies, and it was not unusual for a son-in-law to be listed in his wife's genealogy.