Matthew 1:1-16

A (1) The book of the generation OF JESUS CHRIST,

B (1) the son OF DAVID,

C (1) the son OF ABRAHAM.

C′  (2-5) ABRAHAM begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren; And Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram; And Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Naasson begat Salmon; And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse;

B′  (6-15) And Jesse begat DAVID the king; and DAVID the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias; And Solomon begat Roboam; and Roboam begat Abia; and Abia begat Asa; And Asa begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram begat Ozias; And Ozias begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias; And Ezekias begat Manasses; and Manasses begat Amon; and Amon begat Josias; And Josias begat Jechonias and his brethren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon: And after they were brought to Babylon, Jechonias begat Salathiel; and Salathiel begat Zorobabel; And Zorobabel begat Abiud; and Abiud begat Eliakim; and Eliakim begat Azor; And Azor begat Sadoc; and Sadoc begat Achim; and Achim begat Eliud; And Eliud begat Eleazar; and Eleazar begat Matthan; and Matthan begat Jacob;

A′  (16)  And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born JESUS, who is called CHRIST.

2 thoughts on “Matthew 1:1-16”

  1. from Rob Lawson

    Matthew 1:1-17
    A (1) The book of the generation of Jesus Christ,
    B (1) the son of David,
    C (1) the son of Abraham.
    C’ (17) So all the generations from Abraham
    B’ (17) to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations;
    A’ (17) and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations.

    This chiasm forms an inclusio which delineates verses 1-17 as a pericope. It might also suggest that the ‘book’ of verse 1 is verses 1-17 (alternative options being chapters 1+2 (with ‘generation’ (v1) meaning the infancy narrative if so) or the whole of Matthew (with ‘generation’ (v1) then meaning ‘life’ as the same Greek word may do in James 3:6))

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