Jesus’ genealogy: The ‘bad girls’ in the family tree and how Christians justify it
Mohamad Mostafa Nassar
This article is written by a Christian or Catholic check reference link at the end.
The False Jesus of the Corrupted Bible his linage is full of Prostitutes, yet Christians have the audacity to attack Islam. Below is an article written by a Catholic and how He justify it.
The lineage of Jesus is explored in only two of the Gospels: Matthew (1:1-17) and Luke (3:23-38). Matthew’s is the only one that mentions women, besides Mary, and then only four: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and “Uriah’s wife” (whom we know as Bathsheba).
Tamar, Rahab and Bathsheba might be referred to by some as “the bad girls” because their lives seem more colorful than our images of saintliness might envision. (Another such woman is Eve, but we will address her story later.)
Tamar was the daughter-in-law of Judah, son of Isaac and Leah. In Genesis, chapter 38, she married two sons of Judah, both of whom died early because they offended God. Judah, reluctant to lose yet another son, would not arrange for Tamar’s marriage to him as was required by law. So Tamar, driven to desperate measures, tricked Judah into thinking she was a prostitute and conceived twins with him. One of the children, Perez, continued Judah’s line on toward Jesus. In the end, Judah called Tamar “more righteous than I.”
Rahab wasn’t a “pretend prostitute” like Tamar; she was the real thing. Six generations after Tamar and Perez, we arrive in Jericho (Joshua, chapter 2) with the Hebrews, led by Joshua, gathered outside the walls. Rahab was the owner of an inn in Jericho and had come to believe that the God of Israel was the true God. She sheltered the two spies Joshua sends into the city — for the promise that her family would be saved when the Hebrews destroyed Jericho. We don’t know if one of those spies of Joshua was Salmon, but he later married Rahab and became the father of her son, Boaz.
Bathsheba is the woman called “Uriah’s wife” in Matthew’s genealogy. We’ve jumped a few more generations forward to the time of King David in Jerusalem (2 Sam 11 and 12). Uriah, a Hittite, was one of David’s most loyal captains. David, seeing Bathsheba bathing on a nearby roof, was overcome with desire. When Bathsheba ended up pregnant, David tried to trick Uriah into coming home and sleeping with his wife. When that didn’t work, David has Uriah sent into the frontlines of battle and then married his widow. Their child died, but later on, Bathsheba and David had a son named Solomon.
So, these are our three “bad girls” in Jesus’ family tree. Were they “bad” in the sense that they did evil? Well, Tamar was protecting herself and making Judah obey God’s law; Tamar was protecting her family and helping the plan of the God she had come to believe in; Bathsheba is probably the most questionable: Was she scheming to catch a king or was she caught up in David’s lust?
Or both? Nonetheless, she became the respected mother of a king, securing the throne for Solomon. She is also credited as being the inspiration, if not the writer, of Proverb 31 about the attributes of a good wife.
In addressing the question of these particular women in Jesus’ genealogy, Jesuit Fr. Peter Knott of Oxford noted, “What all this tells us is that ‘God writes straight with crooked lines,’ and that our own lives, even if marked by weakness and insignificance, are important too in continuing the work of the incarnation by becoming Christ for others by the way we think, the way we speak, the way we live.”
Fr. Knott also notes that “in the genealogy of Jesus the Gospels point to as many liars and schemers in his lineage as they do honest people and men and women of faith. We see in Jesus’ genealogy a number of men who didn’t exactly show the love, justice and purity of Jesus. Abraham unfairly banished Ishmael and his mother, Hagar … and David, to whom Jesus explicitly connects himself, committed adultery …”
So where does that leave us in our Advent season of preparation? Can we see anything of ourselves in these bad girls — and bad boys — of Bible history? Perhaps we all feel like “crooked lines” at times or maybe we find ourselves giving into temptation instead of doing the right thing. But we want to do better. And we can.
Fr. Robert Maloney, a former superior general of the Congregation of the Mission (a group associated with the Vincentians), tells us that Matthew means to give us hope by sharing Jesus’ checkered family tree. “Matthew is assuring us that God governs history and that nothing eludes God’s power. … He is encouraging us to stand with reverent trust before the mystery of God, as revealed in Christ. … He tells us that trust in providence is the key to finding meaning in the polarities of human existence: light and darkness, grace and sin, peace and violence, plan and disruption, health and sickness, life, and death.”
Sources: “Catholic Encyclopedia”; americanmagazine.org; Oxford University Catholic chaplaincy at catholic-chaplaincy.org.uk; canticlemagazine.org; and “Essays in Apologetics, Vol. 1” by Martin Mosebach.