Guest Author - Preena Deepak
The Bible devotes considerable space and attention to genealogies to trace back the lineage of the Israelites and some others. Most often these passages are either skimmed through or worse still totally skipped by readers who find it hard to study Bible genealogies meaningfully. However, it is not by chance that these genealogies are mentioned in the Bible.
Genealogy makes the people spoken of in the Bible authentic. It proves that the men and women we read about are real and not fictitious. It is amazing to see that the Bible records family details from the first man Adam onwards giving credibility to the entire record.
The Book of Matthew begins by listing out the entire genealogy of Jesus Christ. This proves His human roots and also fulfills Godís faithful promise to raise a seed from the house of David to establish a Kingdom forever.
Now that we know that genealogies are indispensible, it becomes imperative to also understand how to meaningfully study passages that list out genealogies instead of merely passing them by or ignoring them totally. It is cumbersome to get a grasp of family details all at once. It might be a good idea to study genealogies in parts. Making lists and charts is another helpful way to understand genealogy. Looking up the lineage of well known Bible characters will help gain familiarity with Bible genealogy. Just like any other section of the Bible, genealogies are important and it is essential to exercise careful study of these particulars to get a full understanding of Godís word.
Another interesting aspect about genealogies is that though the family heads are mentioned and it is clear as to who was the father of persons spoken of, very rarely are there mentions of the mothers. This is because the Bible recognizes the male member as the head of the household and the bearer of family as well as tribal responsibilities. This does not mean that there is no mention of the females in the family. Many mothers as well as sisters find a mention and one fun way to study genealogies is to make lists of families that have mentions of the father, mother, siblings and concubines with their children.
To get you started off with studying genealogies, hereís a quiz to guess the parents of Bible characters. Feel free to pass this quiz on to family and friends!
Bible Genealogy Quiz