Let’s start with the bigger picture...something we usually skim over in the Bible. Luke and Matthew both bring us the genealogy of Jesus. There is much debate about why they differ, the literal blood line versus the adoptive lineage, who was left out and why, but I’m not getting into that today. Today I want to focus on Matthew’s account. While the genealogy in both gospels is patrilineal, Matthew brings a twist. He intentionally names five women, Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba and Mary.