When people think of meaningful passages in the Bible, the many lengthy genealogies found in Genesis and elsewhere rarely if ever, come to mind. Yet, it is exactly one such passage–the genealogy in the Gospel of Matthew–that holds significant meaning for the Christmas season. Who are the people listed in the opening verses of Matthew’s gospel, and why do they matter? What is the purpose of Matthew’s genealogy? Is the Messiah’s pedigree relevant, or is something else going on? Richard and Fr. Marc discuss Matthew 1:1-17.
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