Wednesday, August 19, 2009

NT Pod 9: Jesus' Genealogy in Luke's Gospel

Episode 10 of the NT Pod discusses the Genealogy of Jesus in Luke's Gospel.

It is nine minutes long. Feel free to leave your comments below.

NT Pod Episode 9: Jesus' Genealogy in Luke's Gospel (mp3)

Key texts: Luke 3:23-38; Matthew 1:1-17; Isaiah 11:1

Previous NT Pods referenced: NT Pod 1: Jesus' Genealogy in Matthew.

Thanks to Ram2000, Me and You, for the opening theme, released under a Creative Commons agreement.


  1. Mark,

    Thought provoking. I appreciate all your efforts with these podcasts. I look forward to hearing the next one.

    John Byron

  2. Thanks, John. Appreciated. I thought I sounded a bit slow on this one, so will make sure I am a bit more lively next time!

  3. What a fascinating interpretation. So, do you think Luke "made up" the genealogy?

  4. I am inclined to think so, though I wouldn't rule out his use of source material here.

  5. do you have any thoughts on who the Isaiah passage was referring to contextually?

  6. No particularly brilliant insights; you?

  7. Hello Professor,

    Really enjoying this pod, many thanks.

    If I understand correctly, it is possible that part of GLuke's selectivity process in presenting the genealogy was to show Jesus' superiority to the Judean Kings.

    It caused me to go back to C. Kavin Rowe's Early Narrative Christology. I didn't remember him addressing the genealogy. A quick skim of the back shows that the genealogical verses aren't dealt with (though, admittedly this was a rush).

    My question: what kinds of sparks occur when you put your insight of the stump of Jesse into dialogue with his argument about GLuke's usage of kurios, etc...?

  8. Thanks, jpb. Great questions. I'll give them some thought, and will also talk to Kavin about them!

  9. I'd love to hear your thoughts and reflections from your conversation.

    I leave on Wednesday for the Dominican Republic and Haiti to teach a six day course, "Jesus the King in GLuke", so finding the pod this eve was timely. I'll let you know what kind of sparks we get in the class.

    Thanks again for this podcast.

  10. Thanks, jpb, and good luck in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

  11. An interesting aside: the name David has a numerical value of 14 in Hebrew. This may explain why, though the actual number of generations between David and Jesus is not an even multiple of 14, Matthew truncates them into three clusters of 14.