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Study on The Gospel of Matthew - Advanced Bible Study Online — Lesson 1

Chapter 1
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1. Which of the following describe ancient genealogies? (Nelson 483)
(a) Were always complete and accurate in all aspects
(b) Frequently omitted the names of unimportant or embarrassing family members
(c) The term "father" could also be used to describe one's grandfather or a remote ancestor
(d) The term "son" could also be used to describe a grandson or great-grandson
(e) The main purpose was to establish the broad line of descent without furnishing all the details
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2. Which are true regarding the genealogies of Jesus in the gospels of Matthew and Luke? (Nelson 481-482)
(a) Both reflect the Old Testament practice of selection and omission in such lists
(b) Matthew's genealogy is unusual in that it mentions several women
(c) Luke's genealogy does not even mention the mother of Jesus
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3. Which are true of Judah and Tamar mentioned in verse 3? (Nelson 1224: Tamar)
(a) Judah's first two sons had married Tamar and died
(b) Judah withheld his third son from marrying Tamar in violation of Levirate Marriage law
(c) Judah married Tamar in order to prevent his third son from also dying
(d) Tamar disguised herself as a harlot and offered herself to Judah, her father-in-law, resulting in twins sons
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4. Which are true of Rahab mentioned in verse 5? (Nelson 1065)
(a) She was a harlot of Jericho
(b) Rahab and her family were spared when the Israelites captured Jericho because she helped Hebrew spies escape
(c) Rahab was the ancestor of eight prophets
(d) She was a Hebrew woman who happened to live in Jericho
(e) She recognized the Lord as the one true God; recorded in Joshua 2:9-11
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5. Which are true of Ruth mentioned in verse 5? (Nelson 1104)
(a) She was a Moabite
(b) She married the son of an Israelite family who had moved to Moab to escape famine
(c) She told Naomi, her mother-in-law, that she did NOT want to go with her to return to Bethlehem
(d) She made a firm statement that included "your God will be my God"
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6. Solomon is mentioned in verse 6. Which are true about his father David and his mother, who had been Uriah's wife? (Nelson 1288: Uriah)
(a) Uriah was a Hittite and was one of David's mighty men
(b) Uriah's wife, Solomon's mother, was Bathsheba
(c) David had no contact with Bathsheba until after Uriah died
(d) David committed adultery with Bathsheba while Uriah was away at war
(e) David ordered Uriah to the front line of battle where he was killed
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7. The name Jeconiah, mentioned in verse 11, is a form of the name Jehoiachin. While Matthew mentions Josiah as his father, his real biological father was Jehoiakim (Nelson 639: Jehoiachin). Matthew likely omitted the name Jehoiakim and instead listed Josiah as 'father' of Jeconiah, per ancient custom regarding embarrassing relatives, because Jehoiakim: (see Nelson 639:Jehoiakim)
(a) was censored by the prophet Jeremiah for exploiting the people to build his own splendid house with expensive furnishings
(b) ignored justice and righteousness
(c) did evil in the sight of the Lord
(d) 11-year reign was filled with abominable acts against God
(e) executed Urijah, a prophet of the Lord
(f) burned the prophecies of Jeremiah, which were a judgement against him
(g) led a failed rebellion against the Babylonians which resulted in the destruction of Jerusalem
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8. In Matthew, Jesus' geneaology includes which women who were of questionable character or non-Israelite origin, but were still considered to be in the lineage of David?
(a) Tamar, because she disguised herself as a harlot in order to seduce her father-in-law
(b) Rahab, because she had been a Canaanite harlot in Jericho
(c) Ruth, because she was of Moabite origin
(d) Bathsheba, because she likely was a Hittite as was her first husband, Uriah
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9. In verse 19 it states that Joseph was a "righteous" man. What does "righteous" mean? (Nelson 1089: Righteousness)
(a) One who strictly obeys the rules and does not associate with sinners
(b) A holy and upright living in accordance with God's standard
(c) In the context of relationships, righteous action is action that promotes the peace and well-being of people in relationships with one another
10. In verse 19, why did Joseph intend to "divorce" Mary when they had not yet been married? (Nelson 804: Marriage Customs)
(a) To preempt expected property disputes
(b) A betrothal for marriage was a binding agreement that could only be voided by death or divorce
(c) To make it obvious to the public that he had nothing to do with her pregnancy
11. Joseph intends to act righteously by divorcing Mary "quietly". What serious consequence is Joseph most likely trying to avoid? (see Nelson 363 left column: Divorce)
(a) It would avoid bringing embarrassment to Joseph
(b) Under Mosaic Law a woman found to have committed adultery, or found not to be a virgin when married, could be judged by the elders of the city and put to death
(c) Giving inheritance rights to a child that was not his
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12. What might Joseph have been afraid of, or had to place at risk, in order to obey the instructions from the angel of the Lord to keep Mary as his wife?
(a) His reputation
(b) People would likely assume he had pre-marital sex with Mary since he still married her
(c) The embarrassment it would bring to his family and clan
13. Life application: Righteous is often thought of as someone who avoids sin. How is this common thought different from the understanding of "righteous" studied in this lesson?
14. Life application: Joseph found that obeying the Lord would carry some risk to his relationships with others. What relationships are you more likely to hold on to, above that of obeying God ? Why?
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