[b-hebrew] Genealogy of David
leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Sat Feb 26 16:27:50 EST 2005
By the way, the rabbis had the same problem, and calculated that there were
only 210 years from Jacob's descent to Egypt until the exodus. There
solution was the well-known midrash that God had originally intended that
the Israelites spend 430 years in Egypt, but since they cried to him so
feverently He gave them "time off" and recalculated the 430 years from
Abraham's first visit in Egypt.
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From: "Sesamo m." <sesamox at hotmail.com>
To: <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Thursday, February 24, 2005 4:22 PM
Subject: [b-hebrew] Genealogy of David
> Hi all
> In Ruth 4:20-22 we find that Boaz' father was Salmon, and Boaz' grandson
> Jesse (David's father). In Mathew 1:5 we learn that Salmon's wife was
> This means that this part of the chain begins before the period of the
> judges. Too few links for more than 300 years.
> Of course, the Hebrew word for "father" also means "grandfather",
> "great-grandfather", and so on, and one can assume that some names in the
> genealogy are not mentioned for some reason.
> But is there any indication of where should those lacking links be? I
> is there a way (or at least a theory) to know if Rahab was really Boaz'
> mother, or if Ruth was really David great-grandmother? Is there a way to
> the story by the beginning of the period of the judges or by the end?
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