The Gospel of Matthew opens with a genealogical record tracing the linage of Jesus back to King David and then further back to Abraham. These are the male ancestors of Joseph. As we make our way through this list of strange Hebrew names we encounter several surprises. Embedded in this genealogy are the names of four women, none of whom are Israelites (i.e., descendents of Jacob).
In our fall Bible Study series we will be exploring the ways in which the four women mentioned in Matthew’s genealogy became part of “salvation history.” Stories involving these women are found in the Hebrew Scriptures. In the case of Ruth, an entire book is devoted to her story. Join us on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 as we explore the Bible together.
“Four Women of Matthew’s Genealogy”
September 10: Session One, Matthew’s Genealogy of the Messiah, Matthew 1: 1-14
September 17: Session Two, Tamar, mother of Perez,Genesis 28: 1-30
September 24: Session Three Rahab, mother of Boaz, Joshua 2: 1-24
October 1: Session Four , Ruth, mother of Obed, Ruth1: 1-22 and 3:1 – 4:22
October 8: Session Five, Bathsheba, mother of Solomon, II Samuel 11: 1–27 & 12:15-25
October 15: Session Six, Jesus, “Son of David and King of the Jews” Passages from Matthew