It is very easy just to read by the genealogy provide in Matthew 1 but it has some important information for us. The principle reason the lineage is important is because of the prophecies indicating through whom the Messiah would come. If we are to have faith based on hearing the word of God then we must be able to read the lineage and believe that this list of varied reputations is the result of a closely administered plan provided by the Father that results in our salvation through Jesus Christ.

How many generations are provided by Matthew?

What is the purpose of the genealogy provided by Matthew?

Do the names presented by Matthew detail each of the father/son relations from Abraham to Jesus (1 Chronicles 3:15-16)?

  1. Abraham
  2. Issac
  3. Jacob
  4. Judah
  5. Perez
  6. Hezron
  7. Ram
  8. Amminadab
  9. Nashon
  10. Salmon
  11. Boaz
  12. Obed
  13. Jesse
  14. David


What are the differences between the genealogy provided by Matthew and that provided in Luke 3?

Why does the genealogy begin with Abraham instead of, for instance, Adam?

The word used by Matthew in Verse 1 that is commonly translated “generation” (KJV) is γένεσις. The phonics for the Greek word is presented as ghen'-es-is. This, of course is our word genesis, like the first book of the bible. The same word is also used in James 1:23 and James 3:6 and translated as nature. Try filling in the blank for the opening phrase with these two words substituting for “generations”:

The Book of the ­­_____________ of Jesus Christ…

The Book of the _____________ of Jesus Christ…

What was the conclusion (their current status) for each of the men listed in the genealogy, including Jesus?

How many of the lineage are referred to as a king?

Why does the Spirit provide the peculiar division of the genealogy in Verse 17?

  1. Solomon
  2. Rehoboam
  3. Abijah
  4. Asa
  5. Jehoshaphat
  6. Joram
  7. Uzziah
  8. Jotham
  9. Ahaz
  10. Hezekiah
  11. Manasseh
  12. Amon
  13. Josiah
  14. Jeconiah


Is there significance to each of the three divisions of 14 as relating to the Lord?

State the relevance of this genealogy to your faith as provided by John (1 John 4:1-2).

Which people in the list is represented in the bible as faithful and which are unfaithful?

How many women are mentioned by Matthew?

Are the mentioned women significant in the course of the plan of salvation?

Are there any Gentiles mentioned in the list?

Why is it important to show that Jesus is a son of David (2 Samuel 7:11-15, Isaiah 11:3)?

What is the significance of Jesus being a son of Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3)?

True or False: The phrase “the son of” in Greek text can refer to a descendent and not necessarily the immediate son of a father.

Are all the “sons” first born?

  1. Jeconiah
  2. Shealtiel
  3. Zerubbabel
  4. Abihud
  5. Eliakim
  6. Azor
  7. Zadok
  8. Achim
  9. Eliud
  10. Eleazar
  11. Matthan
  12. Jacob
  13. Joseph
  14. Jesus