A: Although we have no extant genealogy of Mary, Luke 1:32 alludes to her
being in the line of David. Since Jesus had no human father, Mary's lineage
puts Him in the family of David. However, Matthew's Gospel shows the
difficulty in this. He lists Joseph's lineage only, as Jewish custom
dictates. Matthew traces Joseph back to David, but then states that Joseph is
not Jesus' father. For Matthew, when Joseph named Jesus, he became His legal
father and so assured Jesus' place in the Davidic line. In either case, the
evangelists saw no contradiction between Jesus' Davidic lineage and His birth
from a Virgin.
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