This post continues a series on biblical genealogies (see here, here, and here). Today, I will discuss the purpose of biblical genealogies.
A cursory reading of biblical genealogies might suggest that the genealogies sole purpose was to provide a written account of family histories. However, Johnson has actually identified nine different purposes for Old Testament genealogies. These purposes are as follows:
“(1) The demonstration of existing relations between Israel and neighboring tribes by tracing them back to a common patronyms, thus establishing a degree of kinship and at the same time a degree of distinction between Israel and her neighbors . . . (2) The interrelating of the previously isolated traditional elements concerning Israelite origins by the creation of a coherent and inclusive genealogical system. . . (3) to establish continuity over those periods of time not covered by material from the tradition . . . (4) as the vehicle for chronological speculation concerning the ‘Great Year’ or world cycles . . . (5) Several genealogies of tribes in I Chron. 2–8 no longer in existence in the Chronicler’s day show signs of being constructed of material from lists of military leaders . . . (6) to demonstrate the legitimacy of an individual in his office or to provide an individual a rank with connections to a worthy family or individual of the past . . . (7) for establishing the homogeneity of a race . . . (8) [an] attempt to assert the importance of the principle of the continuity of the people of God through a period of national disruption . . . (9) the most frequent use of the genealogical form is to be found in those writings which emanate from priestly circles, and that this use has a primarily literary function.”
 Marshall D. Johnson, The Purpose of Biblical Genealogies with Special Reference to the Setting of the Genealogies of Jesus, 2nd ed., Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series, ed. G. N. Stanton, vol. 8 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988), 77–80.
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Michael J. Gorman has posted excerpts from hisdiscussion of the ological interpretation from the revised and expanded edition of Elements of Biblical Exegesis (Hendrickson, 2009). You can read it here.
The latest issue of the Westminster Theological Journal contains Bruce Waltke's review article of Peter Enn's controversial book Inspiration and Incarnation and Peter Enns' response to Waltke. You can view pdf's of both here.
Keith Mathison Ligonier Ministries has a list and discussion of his top five commentaries on Hosea at the Ligonier Ministries blog. The list is solid. But I would replace either Hubbard or Kidnder with Duane Garrett (NAC). I would also add Gary V. Smith (NIVAC) to the Runners Up category. In any case, Mathison’s top five are:
1. Douglas Stuart -- Hosea-Jonah (Word Biblical Commentary, 1987).
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