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Mary the Mother of Jesus

John Collins10/17/2012 2:22:00 PMWMB tried to distance himself from mainstream religion with his claim that "Mary was just an incubator," and that Mary was not the mother of Jesus. In doing so, he also deviated from scripture.

Not only does the scriptures use the word "son" when describing the relationship between Mary and Jesus, Luke places the entire emphasis of the lineage of David through MARY instead of through Joseph!

The Gospel of Matthew gives the lineage of Christ quite different from the Gospel of Luke. Matthew gives what is believed to be the "legal" bloodlines according to record, while Luke seems to have researched to find actual physical bloodlines. For this reason, the family tree given by Luke is about sixteen families longer than the lineage Matthew gives.

"In the case of Heli and his daughter, Mary, this could have been accomplished by Joseph's becoming identified with Mary's family. Joseph would be included in the family genealogy, although the genealogy is really Mary's. Thus the genealogies of Matthew and Luke diverge from David on because Matthew traces the Davidic descent of Joseph, and Luke the Davidic descent of Mary (with Joseph's name standing in)" (Harmony of the Gospels, page 307).

Heli is understood to be the progenitor of Mary, not of Joseph. Joseph is not properly part of the genealogy, and is mentioned only parenthetically. In Luke 3:23 we read, "And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli." The words "the son" in italics are not in the original Greek manuscript.

Also interesting is that Luke traces the bloodlines of Mary through Bathsheba's son Nathan as opposed to Joseph's lineage through Solomon.

This is the lineage according to Luke:
David
Nathan
Mattatha
Menna
Melea
Eliakim
Jonam
Joseph
Judah
Simeon
Levi
Matthat
Jorim
Eliezer
Joshua
Er
Elamadam
Cosam
Addi
Melki
Neri
Shealtiel
Zerubbabel
Rhesa
Joanan
Joda
Josech
Semein
Mattathais
Maath
Naggai
Esli
Nahum
Amos
Mattathais
Joseph
Jannai
Melki
Levi
Matthat
Heli
Joseph (only by marriage)
Jesus


Lineage according to Matthew:
David
Solomon
Rehoboam
Abijah
Asa
Jesoshaphat
Jehoram
Uzziah
Jotham
Ahaz
Hezekiah
Manasseh
Amon
Josiah
Jeconiah
Shealtiel
Zerubbabel
Abuid
Eliakim
Azor
Zadok
Akim
Eliud
Eleazar
Matthan
Jacob
Joseph
Jesus