Jesus, ‘Son of God’ and ‘Son of David’: The ‘Adoption’ of Jesus into the Davidic Line

@article{Levin2006JesusO,
  title={Jesus, ‘Son of God’ and ‘Son of David’: The ‘Adoption’ of Jesus into the Davidic Line},
  author={Yigal Levin},
  journal={Journal for the Study of the New Testament},
  year={2006},
  volume={28},
  pages={415 - 442}
}
  • Yigal Levin
  • Published 1 June 2006
  • History
  • Journal for the Study of the New Testament
The authors of both the first and third Gospels, by insisting on both Jesus' divine paternity and his Davidic descent, pose a conundrum: if Jesus was not Joseph' biological son, in what sense is he the Davidic Messiah? Most modern scholars assume that Joseph must have adopted Jesus in some form or another, thus giving him Davidic status, and many even point to such adoption as a ‘Jewish custom’. This article examines this assumption and shows that adoption was unknown in Jewish law of the… 

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