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Genealogy According to Luke.

1-4. GENEALOGY ACCORDING TO LUKE.
c LUKE 3:23-38.

      c 23 And Jesus himself [Luke has been speaking about John the Baptist, he now turns to speak of Jesus himself], when he began to teach, was about thirty years of age [the age when a Levite entered upon God's service-- Numbers 4:46 Numbers 4:47 ], being the son (as was supposed) of Joseph, the son [this may mean that Jesus was grandson of Heli, or that Joseph was counted as a son of Heli because he was his son-in-law] of Heli,

  24 the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, the son of Jannai, the son of Joseph,

  25 the son of Mattathias, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Naggai,

  26 the son of Maath, the son of Mattathias, the son of Semein, the son of Josech, the son of Joda,

  27 the son of Joanan, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, the son of Neri [Matthew calls Shealtiel the son of Jechoniah. Jechoniah may have been the natural, and Neri the legal, father of Shealtiel-- Deuteronomy 25:5-10 ; Matthew 22:24 ],

  28 the son of Melchi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosan, the son of Elmadam, the son of Er,

  29 the son of Jesus, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi,

  30 the son of Symeon, the son of Judas, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonam, the son of Eliakim,

  31 the son of Melea, the son of Menna, the son of Mattatha, the son of Nathan, the son of David,

  32 the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz, the son of Salmon [he was probably one of the two spies who were sent to Jericho by Joshua-- Joshua 2:1-24 ], the son of Nahshon [he was prince of the tribe of Judah during the wanderings in the wilderness-- Numbers 1:4-7 ; 10:14 ],

  33 the son of Amminadab, the son of Arni, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah,

  34 the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor,

  35 the son of Serug, the son of Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of Eber [it is thought that the name "Hebrew" comes from this man-- Genesis 10:21 ; 40:15 ; Exodus 2:6 ], the son of Shelah,

  36 the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah [the hero of the flood], the son of Lamech,

  37 the son of Methuselah [who lived to be the oldest man on record, dying when 969 years old], the son of Enoch [whom God translated], the son of Jared, the son of Mahalaleel, the son of Cainan,

  38 the son of Enos, the son of Seth [the third son of Adam], the son of Adam, the son of God [Adam was the son of God, being not merely a creature, but a creature made in God's image and likeness-- Genesis 1:26 Genesis 1:27 .]