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Matthew 1:5

And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse;
Note 1 at Matthew 1:5: It is interesting to note that it was not customary to mention women in a genealogy (1 Chronicles 1), yet there are four women mentioned in this genealogy: Thamar (Tamar), Rachab (Rahab), Ruth, and Bathsheba (Matthew 1:6 - “of her that had been the wife of Urias”). Tamar committed incest with her father-in-law, Judah (Genesis 38:25-26). Rahab was a harlot who aided the Israelite spies at Jericho (Joshua 2:1). Bathsheba committed adultery with King David (2 Samuel 11:2-5). Only Ruth was a “virtuous woman” (Ruth 3:11). Luke did not record any women in his genealogy.

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