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MATTHEW 1:8—Is Joram the father of Uzziah or of Ahaziah?

MATTHEW 1:8—Is Joram the father of Uzziah or of Ahaziah?

PROBLEM: Matthew says “Joram begot Uzziah.” However, 1 Chronicles 3:11 lists “Joram [and then] his son, Ahaziah.” Which one is correct?

SOLUTION: Ahaziah was apparently the immediate son of Joram, and Uzziah was a distant “son” (descendant). Just as the word “son” in the Bible also means grandson, even so the term “begot” can be used of a father or grandfather. In other words, “begot” means “became the ancestor of,” and the one “begotten” is the “descendant of.”

Matthew, therefore, is not giving a complete chronology, but an abbreviated genealogy of Christ’s ancestry. A comparison of Matthew 1:8 and 1 Chronicles 3:11–12 reveals the three generations between Joram and Uzziah (Azariah):

MATTHEW 1:8

1 CHRONICLES 3:11–12

Joram

Joram

Ahaziah

Joash

Amaziah

Uzziah

Uzziah (also called Azariah)

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[1]Geisler, N. L., & Howe, T. A. (1992). When critics ask : A popular handbook on Bible difficulties (324). Wheaton, Ill.: Victor Books.

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