Hebrew Gospel Pearls #1 – Matthew 1:1-17

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44 thoughts on “Hebrew Gospel Pearls #1 – Matthew 1:1-17

  1. Matt 1 is clearly a king list in three sections of 14. The middle section covers King David to the Babylonian captivity. Judah was promised the kingship in the time of Moses — Gen 49:10. He was to have the sceptre and be the lawgiver.
    Why did Israel have to wait until David’s tIme for him to become king of Judah and then Israel? Because his ancestor Judah had sexual relations with his daughter in law, Tamar. This incest meant that Jews, the offspring of this relationship, were banned from the Temple/ Congregation of Israel for ten inclusive generations as mamzer or illegitimate. If a son cannot enter the congregation then anointing and crowning cannot take place.
    Count ten generation inclusively from Pharez son of Judah and you come to David. He was the first to be anointed to show firstly he could enter the congregation, secondly to be king of Judah in the priestly city of Hebron and then to be king of Israel.
    A similar situation must have arisen at the Babylonian captivity because no kings were allowed to be anointed and crowned. Coniah and his sons were counted ‘arir’ that is without honor (misleadingly translated ‘childless in KJV).
    After the 10 generations, Joseph is referred to as a Son of David, but the autocratic rule of the Romans and Herod made a royal crowning not possible. The genealogy of Jesus proved to the Romans, like Pilate, that legally Jesus was ‘King of the Jews’. He was anointed (Christos, Messiah). Joseph was registered in Bethlehem, according to Hebrew and Roman law, as a son of David and potential claimant to the throne.
    (shortened version of earlier submission.)

    • i understand from other sources that the Joseph of Matthew 1::16 is Mary’s father and not Joseph the husband because then the generations would be 13 and not 14.

  2. Hi Nehemia, I have a question for you regarding the genealogy of Yeshua.

    I know you and Michael Rood are pushing the idea that the Genealogy in Matthew is Mary’s and the one in Luke is Joseph’s.

    I have listened to both your teachings on this, but I think an important question is left unanswered for this theory.

    If Matthews account is Mary’s line, why bother to present the stepfather’s line at all, why is it even worth mentioning?

    But if Matthews account is Joseph’s genealogy, to me this makes more logical sense. Under this theory, Joseph’s genealogy is important as this is Yeshua’s claim to the kingship of David through the line of kings. And Luke’s account makes sense as it is Yeshua’s bloodline to David.

    In the Gospel of Luke, Yeshua keeps referring to Himself as the Son of Man, but we can deduce from this, that what he is saying in Hebrew is that He is the Son of Adam, right? I would suggest that the genealogy in Luke as well as proving Yeshua as the blood descendant of David, also proves that He is the blood descendant of Adam, hence He is the second Adam, biologically the “Son of Adam,” giving Him the right to redeem Adamkind (the kinsman redeemer), right?

    Also in Luke 2:4 it says that Joseph was of the house and line of David. What does house and line mean, it’s almost as if this verse is repeating itself unless it’s effectively saying that Joseph was of the family and royal line of David.

    Also in Isaiah 11:1, he speaks of a branch growing out of the roots of Jessie. If Yeshua is descended by blood from the kings of Judah, this doesn’t fit this imagery. The imagery here is of the tree being cut down and a shoot bypassing the main stump, which fits with the Joseph/Matthew theory, but not the Mary/Matthew theory.

    Also, the prophecy in Jeremiah doesn’t seem to work with the Mary/Matthew theory:

    Thus says Yehovah: ‘Write this man down childless, a man who shall not prosper in his days; For none of his descendants shall prosper, sitting upon the throne of David, and ruling anymore in Judah.’ ” (Jeremiah 22:30)

    Just wondering if you have any thoughts on this Nehemia? The Mary/Matthew theory is interesting, but I think it has problems which need to be addressed.

    I’m also wondering, in your opinion can Yeshua inherit the kingship from David through His stepfather? I don’t see a problem with this, but I know Michael Rood seems to think this is an insurmountable issue. Is there any Jewish background regarding the right of a stepson to inherit?

    Thanks Nehemia, Brett

    • Jeremiah 22. The word translated ‘childless’ is Hebrew ‘arir’. It has the significance of ‘deserted or emptied of honor’. It has this sense in Lev 20:20-21. The context and connotation is adultery and incest. Children of incest were not able to enter the Temple until the tenth inclusive generation. In Jeremiah 22 it obviously does not mean childless as the ‘descendants’ are spoken of in the same verse! Jeconiah had many sons. However these descendants would have to show themselves to be faithful for those ten generations before any son could sit on the throne of David. David himself was the tenth generation from the incest of Judah with Tamar, his daughter-in-law. Judah was promised this royal scepter in Gen 49:10 and it was fulfilled in David. That’s really some prophetic power as this long trial of faithfulness was necessary before Jesus the Messiah could be proclaimed Son of David. What man could forecast these ten generations of righteousness? Moses’s prayer. Deut 33:7. It is worthwhile counting ten generations inclusively from Jeconiah in Matthew’s genealogical table, part three!

      • Hi David, thanks for taking the time to reply to my post mate.

        Your comments are interesting, I haven’t heard this theory before. I guess when I am considering this issue, I’m not just looking at one point, I’m looking at the arguments for both sides to see which theory has the most weight. I am open to the idea that Matthew’s account is Mary’s line, but I think the proponents of that view need to deal with the issue of why we have Luke’s account for Joseph at all? If he’s just the stepfather and brings nothing to the party, then why is his genealogy presented?

        I also find it compelling that Yeshua calls himself the “son of Adam” all the way through Luke’s gospel, and that the genealogy in Luke presents him literally as Adams son.

        The Hebrew word ‘arir’ clearly does mean childless when it is used in other parts of the Old Testament, this is clear when you perform a word study of its usages. But you’re right, Jeconiah had sons, but rather than trying to change the meaning of this word, I’m looking at this as a prophetic statement, rather than an immediate one.

        • Hey Brett, I actually had a dialogue over this issue over at BFA in the plus episode. I had it with Tina Brown and Sven Brown. You might want to check it out.

  3. Nehemia, I love your teachings, I have bought most of your books. I also have Keith’s book. I want to say thank you for all your hard work researching the Word to open it all up to others from the Hebrew perspective. However, I was disappointed at not being able to hear the full teaching of Hebrew Matthew chapter 1 and to realise I wouldn’t be able to enjoy any of what I voted for. I acknowledge that it is hard work researching these topics, but not everyone is able to financially support others but they are hungry to learn about Yehovah and to find the Truth. Even I who lives in a different country would not be able to support either of you every month, but I am very interested in the depth of the Word. Please take into consideration not everybody’s situation is the same, yet everyone needs salvation.
    In saying that, I continue to pray for you both, and wish Yehova’s richest blessings upon you.

    Kind Regards
    Eileen Rene Van de Reede
    New Zealand

  4. Not found in scripture, but is it possible that Mary’s (Miriam) father Joseph had no sons and Mary received the paternal inheritance and blessing? This would then cause Mary’s inheritance and blessing to pass to her first-born son, Yeshua. If Yeshua’s earthly lineage through Mary to David is important, wouldn’t Yeshua need to have the paternal inheritance and blessing pass to him? Just something to think about.

    Numbers 27:1-8 (KJV)
    1 Then came the daughters of Zelophehad, the son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, of the families of Manasseh the son of Joseph: and these are the names of his daughters; Mahlah, Noah, and Hoglah, and Milcah, and Tirzah.
    2 And they stood before Moses, and before Eleazar the priest, and before the princes and all the congregation, by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying,
    3 Our father died in the wilderness, and he was not in the company of them that gathered themselves together against the Lord in the company of Korah; but died in his own sin, and had no sons.
    4 Why should the name of our father be done away from among his family, because he hath no son? Give unto us therefore a possession among the brethren of our father.
    5 And Moses brought their cause before the Lord.
    6 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
    7 The daughters of Zelophehad speak right: thou shalt surely give them a possession of an inheritance among their father’s brethren; and thou shalt cause the inheritance of their father to pass unto them.
    8 And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a man die, and have no son, then ye shall cause his inheritance to pass unto his daughter.

  5. Unexpected names and their connections to oaths:

    1) Tamar’s mother-in-law was a “bath shua,” (1 Chr. 2:3). Bathshua was also the birth name of Bathsheba (1 Chr. 3:5). “Bathsheba” means “daughter of an oath.” Although the passage doesn’t say that Judah made an oath with Tamar, he did tell her to live in her father’s house until his son Shelah was grown up- thus implying that he would give her in marriage to Shelah in accordance with the Law (Gen. 38:11; Deut. 25:5-10).
    2) Rahab pleaded with the two spies for the lives of herself and her family and requested they swear an oath in Yehovah’s Name (Josh. 2:12-21).
    3) As discussed in the Hebrew Gospels Plus section, Ruth made a vow to her mother-in-law (Ruth 1:16) and thus joined herself to Israel and Yehovah. Boaz, in turn, made a vow to Ruth invoking the Name, Yehovah (Ruth 3:13).
    4) God promised David that one of his sons would build his house (2 Sam. 7:11-16). David made a vow to Bathsheba in the Name, Yehovah, that Solomon would be king (1 Kin. 1:29-30).

    Thank you so much, Keith and Nehemiah, for this teaching! Who could have ever guessed that a genealogy could be so good?!

    • Support Keith Johnson’s ministry, BFA International, and you will gain access to the Hebrew Gospels Plus sections.

    • Hi Gail, the Plus is on Keith’s website for Hebrew Gospel Pearls #1. The next one will be on the this website in the Support Team area for Hebrew Gospel Pearls #2. The guys will alternate like that going forward.

  6. I cannot see the Hebrew Gospel pearl plus on Nehemiahs wall? Im a support team member already. Can anybody else see it?

    • Episode one of HGP+ is just on the BFA website; the next episode of HGP+ will be hosted here under the support team section.

  7. I have a question about the short video “Joseph, the Father of Mary (Hebrew Matthew 1:16)”.

    Are the two Hebrew Matthew manuscripts mentioned determined to be from different manuscript families?

    Do we know with some certainty whether one is or is not a derivative of the other, or whether they both have a near ancestor that (logically, must not) have this same reading (“father of Miriam”)?

  8. Can you please provide the source link for Clement of Alexandria saying Matthew’s genealogy was Mary’s? Thank you.

  9. I really enjoy these teachings, I started listening to Prophet Pearls. I was sick and out of work when I found your teachings and I learned so much and was excited to get into this study. I understand about getting monetary support, but I cannot pay for both ministries much less one, and this makes me sad.

    • Yehovah always provides and blesses especially when you support those who spend hundreds of hours researching, studying, and preparing for those of us who can not devote that much time to study. I prefer to look at it that I can’t afford NOT to pay such a small amount to learn. You are ultimately investing in yourself! These teachings could never be shared if it wasn’t for support of friends like you. It is worth the investment. Don’t miss out. Where there is a will there is a way.

      • Thank you for taking the time to write. I understand about giving and I already give where God has me to give. And I have given to Nehemia over the years many times. I just can’t do it more regular. For you it may not be much, but right now it is for me. Also I am not saying they are not worth it, I am grateful for what I have learned from them. You are right if there is a way God will help me find it. I think I was just sad that I won’t be able to hear more on the subject. I still will listen to other podcasts.

        • Hi sylvias.treasures,
          The first episode of this series is up on BFA International, the second will be on here, the third will be on BFA International, and so on. If you are already a support team member of Nehemia’s Wall, then you will be able to listen to the even numbered episodes on here. It is my understanding that a one-time donation is enough to grant you membership for life, so you can listen to half the episodes as I plan to do. Becoming a member of BFA International requires a monthly donation of $9.99. Like you, I can’t afford that either so I have accepted the fact that for at least now I can listen only to the even-numbered episodes (I’m hoping the policy of this site doesn’t change and I won’t be required to be a member of both ministries to continue be a member of this one.) Likewise I would love to read the book The Bible, The Talmud and the New Testament, but since it’s $77 on Amazon and $86 from Thrift Books it’s not likely I’ll be reading it anytime soon either.

  10. Can you write down the names of the other references you mentions you were going to us, like the name of your cousin’s book and the Hebrew translations by Christian’s? We’d love to get copies for ourselves if possible.

  11. We are very excited about Gospel Pearls! Thank you for following through on YeHoVaH’s call on your life!

    • Gail, Commit financially to the ministry. Same for BFA. In episode #3 Keith and Nehemia explain how to apply for a scholarship, grant a scholarship, or contribute in non-financial ways so that you can get to HGP+ if you are not financially able.

  12. I find it fascinated that Kieth is related to one freeing slaves who didn’t know free and Nehemiah is also related to one whose calling was to enter a world between worlds of tradition, as well as, his 11 generations back conspirator in hiding Yehovah’s name. Bless ya both and ENTER THE GREAT BETWEEN!

  13. I just finished listening to the Hebrew Matthew Pearls Plus at BFA International and came into your Support Team area to find the documents you mentioned that you will post for us here.

    I additionally want to mention that you say “husband” at 51:43-44 and at 52:32 when you meant to say “father”. This is a seemingly small mistake, but crucial to correct for all the naysayers who are out there hoping to dispute this work. CAN YOU EDIT? Or can you put the “correction: father” in print on the screen at these two points. This really needs to be corrected in the presentation, or in the next presentation, so that the proper explanation is presented. Toda, toda, toda raba, for this crucial, critical study!

    • Hi Leslee, Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We went ahead and “corrected” my error through some modern editing techniques, something the Greek copyists didn’t have the luxury of doing!

      • And oh WOW as we listened to Episode #3 on Sabbath and heard your amazing announcement about accomplishing this. What a wonderful team you have that could do this! Brachot l’kol!

  14. Nehemia, are you sure, they didn’t know how to translate “Sons of Israel” for the Septuagint?
    Are you aware of Hebrew manuscripts, that have “benei Elohim” in Deut 32:8?
    How can we find those and how would you rate them from a scolarly perspective?

  15. “It was after this nezer that the village of Nazareth was apparently named. According to the author Julius Africanus (ca. A.D. 220) of Emmaus (modern-day Latrun), these descendants of David lived in villages bearing messianic names such as Nazara (“village of the branch”) and Cochaba (“village of the star”; cf. Num 24:17 [כּוֹכָב]) (Eusebius, HE 1.7.14f.). A village of the latter name existed north of Nazareth, and there was a second one in the Bashan region, a short walking distance from Bethsaida. (1) There, according to Africanus, the Davidic family kept the genealogical records used to prove its royal descent. In this way the Nazoreans lived in the pious expectation that one day the Anointed of Israel, the Messiah, would arise from their midst.”

    “Paths of the Messiah”, Pixner, Bargil. (2010), Ignatius Press, p.3

    (1) “Cf. B. PIXNER and R. RIESNER, “Kochaba”, in GBL, 2nd ed. (1990), 2:801f., and chapter 13 below, “Batanea as a Jewish Settlement Area” (pp. 169-76, esp. pp. 173-75).

  16. Thank you for your endless strive to learn the pure truth to share to all mankind, God bless you

  17. Nehemia, First of all, you are SO funny. I love the way you and Keith interact and joke back and forth. It makes me laugh out loud.
    I really enjoyed this episode and learned a lot as I always do from you. How you planned to be talking about the toldot of Yeshua and ended up with some of your own generations was amazing.
    I think this was just one of the many examples of Yehovah touching the things you are doing with little “coincidences” or experiences. From reading and listening to you and Keith over the years, I’m reminded of several. You both are so real, honest and down to earth. I love you both as my brothers. Please continue with this great work. Yehovah bless you both as you bless us with these ‘pearls’. Shalom.

  18. This was phenomenal Nehemia & Keith! WOW!!! Just blown away by all YHVH is doing bringing all this together. Nehemia, can you provide a link to the two manuscripts mentioned with “Avi” in Matt.1:16 – NYJTS MS2460-F.189R and Oxford AdQU111-F.77b? I can’t find the pictures anywhere…..

  19. Shalom Nehemia,

    May YeHoVaH bless Keith and you in this endevour. Please continue with your work, for this is very important for many of us. We are praying for y’all.

    Are you working also on a transcript version, combining the different Hebrew texts you found?

    Can you please publish a link of the actual Hebrew Manuscripts if they are online?

    Thanks very much in advance.


    Johannes from the Netherlands

  20. Oh my goodness. Just listened to episode #1. My head is swimming. It’s like a nonstop fire hose coming on full force listening to you two wonderful servants of YeHoVah. I’ve long thought that Pentecost happened at Mt. Sinai AND as outlined in Acts. I have tried to learn a bit of Hebrew but at my age, it is not so easy. I’ve given it over to the Father and know (as they knew in the past) that when I need to understand, I will indeed understand. I look forward to the new series and pray for you both. Continued blessings!

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