Jesus’ ancestry traced through his (adoptive) father, Joseph, extends back through King DavidSecond king of Israel, David united the northern and southern kingdoms. More, through AbrahamGod promised that Abraham would become the father of a great nation, receive a land, and bring blessing to all nations. More, all the way to AdamThe first man God created. More.
It is impossible to offer an endorsement of this genealogy’s historical accuracy. Because it differs so sharply from the genealogyGenealogy involves the study and tracing of families through the generations - in short, family history. One genealogy in Genesis traces the nations descended from Noah. In the New Testament Matthew traces the ancestry of Jesus back to Abraham, while Jesus' genealogy in Luke goes... More given in MatthewA tax collector who became one of Jesus' 12 disciples More 1:1-17 and includes many names that are mentioned in no other documents, it is best not to give it too much significance as a definitive record. What is important about the genealogy, however, is the way in which it locates JesusJesus is the Messiah whose life, death, and resurrection are God's saving act for humanity More firmly within the history of God’s relationships with the people of Israel. This Gospel makes its readers aware that Jesus stands within the same story as the ancestors Abraham, IsaacSon born to Abraham and Sarah in fulfillment of God's promise More, JacobThe son of Isaac and Rebekah, renamed Israel, became the father of the twelve tribal families More, and David. It is important to note that LukeThe "beloved physician" and companion of Paul More extends Jesus’ genealogy all the way back to Adam, God’s first human creationCreation, in biblical terms, is the universe as we know or perceive it. Genesis says that in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. In the book of Revelation (which speaks of end times) the author declares that God created all things and... More. (By contrast, the genealogy in Matthew’s Gospel links Jesus only as far back as Abraham.) This is consistent with Luke’s outlook on the entire world and Luke’s insistence that Jesus has relevance for all humanity, not merely for the Jewish people alone.