If you want to capture a reader's attention, don't begin your book with the "begats." Matthew was writing for a different audience, in a different time. For them, Jesus' lineage is an explosive opening! A son of Abraham - obviously. A son of David - ah, tell me more! And there are some surprise branches on the family tree. Today Jim opens to the first page of the New Testament with the sermon, All This Took Place to Fulfill.
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