The genealogy of Jesus Christ, which appears in Matthew 1:1-17 and the genealogy of Jesus Christ which appears in Luke 3:23-38, may both be skipped by casual Bible-readers, but they are both interesting passages to both the textual critic and the Christian apologist. Today, let’s look at some of the ways in which copyists treated – and mistreated – parts of these two portions of Scripture.
Perhaps the most famous variations within the genealogy in
Matthew appear at the end of verse 7 and in verse 10. These were the first two variant-units to be
commented upon by the late Bruce Metzger in his Textual Commentary on the Greek
New Testament. The Alexandrian text
reads Ἀσάφ instead of the Byzantine Ἀσὰ in verse 7, and it reads Ἀμώς instead
of Ἀμών in verse 10. Neither Asaph the
psalmist nor Amos the prophet was ever a king of