The Importance of the Family Tree

Speaker(s): Iain Provan
Date: Fall 2016
Length: 20m
Product ID: RGDL4601ZZ

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"The scandal of the incarnation later becomes the scandal of Jesus' life... the scandal of his death... the scandal of the resurrection... Surely God is not to be found entangled in all this scandal! And Matthew says, with this harmless-looking genealogy, 'Well actually, you know, YES.'"

With a Gospel full of exciting stories, powerful teaching, and colourful characters, how does Matthew try to grab our attention at the beginning of his writing? With a list of names. A long list of difficult names. Why?

In this sermon on Matthew 1.1-17, Iain Provan unpacks the importance of this "family tree," through which Matthew roots his story in the larger, older story of God's work throughout Israel's history.

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Iain W. Provan is the E. Marshall Shepherd Professor of Biblical Studies (Old Testament) at Regent College. He has previously taught at King's College London, the University of Wales, and the University of Edinburgh. He is author of Seriously Dangerous Religion: What the Old Testament Really Says and Why it Matters, Convenient Myths: The Axial Age, Dark Green Religion, and the World that Never Was, commentaries on 1 & 2 Kings, Ecclesiastes & Song of Songs, and Lamentations, and co-author (with V. Phillips Long and Tremper Longman III) of A Biblical History of Israel. He is also a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge.

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