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 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐤 𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐞𝐧𝐝.
The False Jesus of the Corrupted Bible lineage is full of Prostitutes, yet Christians have the audacity to attack Islam. Below is an article written by a Catholic and how He justifies it.
The lineage of Jesus is explored in only two of the Gospels: Matthew (1:1-17) and Luke (3:23-38). Matthew 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 to 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.
𝐁𝐢𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐭𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐬 𝐑𝐚𝐡𝐚𝐛 𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐦𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐨𝐟 𝐉𝐞𝐬𝐮𝐬 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐭𝐮𝐭𝐞
Four adultery and prostitutes of Jesus genealogy according to Mattew genealogy.
-Tamara (Genesis 38:(14-26).
-Rahab (Josh .2:1
-Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11:3-4).
Deuteronomy 23:2 No one born of a forbidden marriage nor any of their descendants may enter the assembly of the LORD, not even in the tenth generation.
St. Matthew 1:1 This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham:
St. Matthew 1:3 Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar, Perez the father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Ram