Matthew: Chapter 1 Notes & Discussion
1:17 Since Matthew specifically emphasizes that each section has fourteen, it is unlikely that that the thirteen of the last was due to his oversight. While some theorize that Jesus counts for two, it is more likely that this slip is the fault of a later scribe.
1:18 A Jewish betrothal was considered a binding pledge- much more so than we view it today- that was legal and only breakable by divorce. However, sexual relations were not to occur during this time.
1:19 As the betrothal was considered as binding as marriage, her pregnancy would be viewed as adultery, the penalty for which was death. Joseph, wishing to spare Mary this fate, but also maintain his dignity/righteousness, planned a quiet divorce.
1:25 This verse is cited by many Protestants as proof that Mary was not a perpetual virgin. One should note that the word "until" does not imply nor exclude "relations" after the birth of Jesus. I take no stand on the matter and believe there are more important things to focus on than the bed of Joseph and Mary.
While I normally do a second post with additional discussion, specifically common misunderstandings and difficulties in understand, I am going to skip it for this chapter. The main arguments surround the genealogy and Mary's perpetual virginity. In my humble opinion, let us go feed the hungry, help the poor, and heal the sick...then argue about these issues.
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