Genealogies of Jesus Quiz

After he left Hebron, David took more concubines and wives in Jerusalem, and more sons and daughters were born to him.

  • 2 Samuel 5:13

This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of …

  • Matthew 1:1 (partial)

Now Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began his ministry. He was the son, so it was thought, of Joseph …

  • Luke 3:23 (partial)

This quiz is about the two genealogies of Jesus.  One of these is in the Gospel of Matthew and the other is in the Gospel of Luke.  The Luke genealogy is assumed by many scholars to be the genealogy of Mary.   To answer some of these genealogies, we might have to look at other Scriptures.

The Questions:

#QuestionBible ReferencesAnswer
1One genealogy begins with Joseph and goes backwards.  Which one?  
2For the Matthew genealogy, one end is Joseph, but who is at the other end?  
3For the Luke genealogy, one end is Joseph, but who is at the other end?  
4Which genealogy is dominated by the kings of Israel and Judah?  
5At what point do the genealogies differ as to the son of whom?  
6Where was Nathan born?  
7Who was Nathan’s mother?  
8Which genealogy is divided into three sub-sections?  
9Which genealogy mentions women, some being non-Israelites, in the genealogy?  
10Who are these five women?  Note that one is not mentioned by name, but to whom she had once been married.  

I could have asked which ancestors in one of the genealogies shared names of prophets, with verse 25 having “Amos, the son of Nahum.”  That same genealogy also had a few ancestors named for other sons of Israel, parts of verses 29-30 reading “the son of Levi, the son of Simeon, the son of Judah, the son of Joseph.”  These tidbits would have been obscure.  And it only goes to show that many of these names were common names among the Hebrew people.

Bible References:

#QuestionBible ReferenceAnswer
1One genealogy begins with Joseph and goes backwards.  Which one?N/A 
2For the Matthew genealogy, one end is Joseph, but who is at the other end?Matthew 1 
3For the Luke genealogy, one end is Joseph, but who is at the other end?Luke 3 
4Which genealogy is dominated by the kings of Israel and Judah?N/A 
5At what point do the genealogies differ as to the son of whom?Matthew 1 and Luke 3 
6Where was Nathan born?2 Samuel 5:13-14 
7Who was Nathan’s mother?1 Chronicles 3:5 
8Which genealogy is divided into three sub-sections?N/A 
9Which genealogy mentions women, some being non-Israelites, in the genealogy?N/A 
10Who are these five women?  Note that one is not mentioned by name, but to whom she had once been married.N/A 

The genealogy of Jesus that shows the kingly line skips three kings in succession.  In the Hebrew manner, this is permissible, being the father of … while in truth the great, great grandfather.  The genealogy goes from Jehoram to Uzziah.  This omits Ahaziah, Joash, and Amaziah.  Athaliah was queen between Ahaziah and Joash.  Athaliah was the daughter of evil King Ahab from Israel and she married Jehoram of Judah, a bad king.  God cursed Ahab for four generations.  Ahaziah only reigned a year, killed in battle.  Athaliah killed all of the other heirs to the throne, or so she thought, to reign over Judah for six years, but Ahaziah’s infant son, Joash, had been hidden.  Although Joash and his son Amaziah were relatively good kings of Judah, they were within that four-generation curse.  This is probably the reason why Matthew omitted these ancestors.  Then again, in invoking the curse, the numbers came out with fourteen generations covering the gaps between four events each.

And note that both genealogies list both Abraham and David.  Thus, by right of a bloodline (not considering that Jesus is the Son of God), Jesus is a son of Abraham in the kingly line of King David.

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The Answers:

#QuestionBible ReferencesAnswer
1One genealogy begins with Joseph and goes backwards.  Which one?N/ALuke 3
2For the Matthew genealogy, one end is Joseph, but who is at the other end?Matthew 1Abraham
3For the Luke genealogy, one end is Joseph, but who is at the other end?Luke 3God, since Adam is the son of God
4Which genealogy is dominated by the kings of Israel and Judah?N/AMatthew 1
5At what point do the genealogies differ as to the son of whom?Matthew 1 and Luke 3They differ in which son of king David.
6Where was Nathan born?2 Samuel 5:13-14Jerusalem
7Who was Nathan’s mother?1 Chronicles 3:5Bathsheba
8Which genealogy is divided into three sub-sections?N/AMatthew
9Which genealogy mentions women, some being non-Israelites, in the genealogy?N/AMatthew
10Who are these five women?  Note that one is not mentioned by name, but to whom she had once been married.N/ATamar, Rahab, Ruth, the mother who had been Uriah’s wife (Bathsheba), and Mary, mother of Jesus

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If you like these Saturday morning Bible quizzes, but you think you missed a few, you can use this LINK. I have set up a page off the home page for links to these Saturday morning posts. I will continue to modify the page as I add more.

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