The Women of Christís Genealogy
The four women are: Tamar, whose chief role in biblical history is that she committed incest in the biblical sense (Genesis 38:13-26 with Leviticus 18:15); Rachab who was of the hated race of the Canaanites and a harlot (Joshua 2:1); Ruth who was a foreigner of a race conceived in incest (Moab) from which no male convert could become a Jewish proselyte for at least ten generations (Deuteronomy 23:3); and the fourth was Bathsheba who was best known for her adultery with David (II Samuel 11:4,5). And though Mary, his physical mother, was a pure virgin, most people at the time considered Christ to have been born of fornication (John 8:41).
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