“Abijah [was] the father of Asaph, and Asaph [was] the father of Jehoshaphat” (Matthew 1:7-8 NRSV).
The gospel of Matthew begins with the genealogy of Jesus. Matthew’s genealogy presents Jesus as an heir and a legitimate successor to the throne of David. It was important for the writer of Matthew to connect Jesus with the royal house of Judah because in the first century BCE many Jews expected the Messiah to come from the house of David.
But why did Matthew include Asaph among the kings of Israel. Read my post today and find the reason for the mention of Asaph in Matthew’s genealogy of Christ.
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Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary
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