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Matthew 1

What interests me about Matthew's first chapter is that the author found it important to establish exactly how Jesus was a descendant of Abraham and King David through Mary's husband Joseph. But if Jesus was born of the Holy Spirit before Joseph and Mary "came together", then Jesus can't trace his lineage back through Joseph. Already in the first chapter of the Gospels I find a troubling logical error ...

We also find here Matthew's first use of the word "righteous", which apparently means acting in accord with God's law. He calls Joseph a righteous man who would've divorced Mary for ... um ... sleeping around and getting preggers ... if an angel of the Lord hadn't come to Joseph in a dream and 'splained things.

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