Luke says Heli was Joseph’s father
Jacob’s the one that Matthew names –
beats me still why either’d bother
with any paternal geneological games
unless they were trying to make the case
for an earthly king – a political race –
that’s what messiah means in Hebrew shorthand
a Jewish king… for a tormented occupied land…
and that is probably what the first century bible authors were after.
Matthew can count back to David
in 26 go-rounds – It takes Luke 41 begats
to cover the exact same ground.
One gospel takes him back to Nathan
the other via Solomon’s son
but nowhere even a minor ovation
for the Jewish Miriam’s annointed son.
That a man is a Jew by his mother
doesn’t seem to have occurred to either.
Any who could find such gospels infallible
are, by my lights, more than just gullible.