I commonly say that the most exciting sentence in the history of human literature is Matthew 1:1. Some are surprised to hear this considering that Matt 1:1 is the beginning of a genealogy: “The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham.” How can a genealogy be “exciting?” Well, considering the kinds of biblical and cultural anticipation that surrounded the ideas of “David” and “Abraham” in the first century, this sentence amounts to a promise wherein Matthew says to readers, “You have waited long enough; I will now tell you how our covenant God has brought to fruition the great hopes of our people through David and Abraham’s seed!”
A few years ago I published an article in the Bulletin for Biblical Research 25.2 (2015) called “‘After the Deportation’: Observations in Matthew’s Apocalyptic Genealogy” that explores just these things. I’m happy to share that article on our blog. You can read it here.
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Dr. Nicholas G. Piotrowski is a the President & Academic Dean at ITS.