Matthew lectionary show: Three faithful international ladies. Study parts one and two in this show.

Component 3 of 4

By Cory Driver September 21, 2017

As it is usually noted, you will find five ladies mentioned (if you don’t simply by name—sorry, Bathsheba) within the Matthew genealogy of Jesus: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba and Mary. I would like to concentrate on the three foreigners among them—Tamar, Rahab and Ruth—who will shed some light on Jesus’ connection with all the woman that is canaanite Matthew 15.

A couple of years ago, I was thinking of the enmity I felt between Israel and Jordan and how Ruth might have felt the same sort of thing as I took a bike ride between moshavim (cooperative settlements) in Israel.

We rode about 30 kilometers (19 kilometers) from the edge, where you will find nevertheless pieces that are artillery minefields set up. I know: Modern Jordanians are Hashemites, not Moabites, and so the contrast doesn’t exactly work. (more…)