Bloodline of Jesus – via David or Uriah?

The record of Jesus’ genealogy in Matthew is traced through Joseph. Jesus was fully accepted as Joseph’s son so He became the legal heir of his heritage through Solomon and David back to Abraham. However, Matthew’s gospel is particularly scathing of trust in Jewish lineage – Matt. 3:9 – “God is able from these stones to raise children to Abraham.” There are 5 women mentioned in the Matthew genealogy. The first three were foreigners, Bathsheba is included as having been the wife of Uriah (the Hittite). It is interesting that Solomon is listed as her fourth son in the Old Testament records which generally list the eldest first.

1 Chron. 3:4 “David reigned in Jerusalem thirty-three years, and these were the children born to him there: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan and Solomon. These four were by Bathsheba daughter of Ammiel.” 

Solomon was born after the death of David’s and Bathsheba’s first child, so it would appear that the sons listed prior to Solomon were those from Bathsheba’s marriage to Uriah the Hittite, and they were fully adopted by David.  The parable told to David about the lamb  would also indicate that Uriah and Bathsheba  had children who sat at their table – 2 Sam. 12:3  “The poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children.”

The term ‘born to him (David) there’ – can refer to ‘the pedigree’ in the same way Jesus was included in the line of Joseph (in Matthew) even though he was not in the blood line of Joseph. Thus if David fully adopted the children of Uriah and Bathsheba they would be listed as David’s children.

The genealogy of Jesus via Mary is given in Luke 3 and traces his descent via Nathan, the third son of Bathsheba, not Solomon the fourth son.

The implications of David fully adopting Bathsheba’s children are that the blood line of Jesus on Mary’s side would go through Uriah the Hittite, Nathan’s father and not David.  God has said He doesn’t really care about bloodlines but faith lines, and Jews are not Jews by blood but by faith and the state of their heart (Rom. 2:29).  So to ‘sit on David’s throne’ would not mean that Jesus had to be descended by blood from David.  God does not think how man thinks.


The Old Testament prophecies said the ruler  of Israel and the nations would come from the tribe of Judah:

The scepter will not depart from Judah,
    nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet,
until he to whom it belongs shall come
    and the obedience of the nations shall be his. Genesis 49:10

The lineage of both Matthew and Luke go through Judah – Jesus was fully part of the tribe of Judah via Joseph and Mary – even a foreigner in Israel was to be part of the tribe where they resided and fully accepted as a native born.

“You are to consider them as native-born Israelites; along with you they are to be allotted an inheritance among the tribes of Israel. In whatever tribe a foreigner resides, there you are to give them their inheritance,” declares the Sovereign Lord.” Ezekiel 47:22-23

When Israel first entered the Promised Land they understood that gentiles could be fully accepted as Israelites. Joshua and Caleb were the 2 faithful spies. Caleb represented the tribe of Judah, but he was a Kennite by birth – a native Canaanite of the land, but fully adopted into Israel by faith, not by birth. God always intended the expansion of true Israel by this method.


The saviour who would crush sin on the head was promised via the seed of the woman: Just as Jesus was the 2nd Adam, Mary was the 2nd Eve – her destiny was tied to that of Jesus “Woman what have I to do with you my hour has not yet come”. The hour came for them both – at the cross sin was crushed on the head while the woman beheld her Son. Jesus extended a special invitation to ‘a certain one’ with whom He would share the Passover because the time was up and ‘His hour had come’:

Matt. 26:18 “Go into the city to such a one. Tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My time has come, and I will eat the Passover meal with my disciples at your house.” – Surely this was an invitation for His mother to share the last supper with His disciples (the texts defaults to masculine for unidentified people).


David was promised a son from his bowels who would build God a house and God would establish the throne of His Kingdom.

“And when your days be fulfilled, and you shall sleep with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, which shall proceed out of your bowels, and I will establish his kingdom He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.  I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with a rod wielded by men, with floggings inflicted by human hands.  But my love will never be taken away from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you.  Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever.’ ” 2 Sam. 7:12

Solomon and Jesus both built a house for God, yet Jesus did no wrong –“When he does wrong, I will punish him” – this phrase must be referring to Solomon.  The Kingdom of Israel did not endure – This promise was conditional and because Solomon broke the covenant the Kingdom was taken away –  I will surely tear the kingdom from you, and will give it to your servant.” (Jesus made the point that He came as a servant: Luke 20:28)

The promise to David seems to be a mix of literal and symbolic.  Solomon was literally a descendant of David and built a literal house. But the throne that would endure forever was fulfilled by David’s greater Son who was also of the ‘bowels’ of David – A man of God’s own heart.

David said “Here I am, I have come— it is written about me in the scroll. I desire to do your will, my God; your law is within my heart (same word as ‘bowels’).” Psalm 40:7

Jesus quoted this Psalm – “Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll—I have come to do your will, my God.’ ”  Heb. 10:7

Was God really concerned about David’s blood line or his faith line?

There are not just 2 Genealogies for Jesus. The gospels of Mark and John give an added perspective: see chart below:

David and Bathsheba were caught in the sin of adultery together. But from Bathsheba would come the seed (Jesus – via Nathan) who would be the way back to God for all sinners.  She was a forgiven and blessed woman.

To consider the intriguing possibility that Nathan was the subject of the Song of Solomon see: Song of Solomon – The Ultimate Love Story

See the exciting, unfolding prophecies of Jesus 2nd coming                                                       at this link Signs of Jesus Second Coming

To consider whether the Jews were right to divorce foreigners at the end of the Old Testament see : The Elijah Message of Malachi

and Last Events of Old Testament – Right or Wrong ?

To see the unfolding prophecies of Israel’s rejection of foreigners and their own Messiah see:  Revelation a Message to Israel

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7 Responses to Bloodline of Jesus – via David or Uriah?

  1. Janet Johnson says:

    Hi Robin, Have enjoyed these thoughts re D adopting B’s children. Your comment re ‘born to’ can mean pedigree is supported elsewhere. I can’t recall the exact verses but from memory I think there are children said to have been born to Bilhah and Zilpah which cross-referencing shows were actually their grand-children. Re ‘the children are always listed in ‘birth order’.. I don’t think this is always correct. Sometimes the genealogies list the most important son first. This happens with Noah’s sons and there is some debate as to whether Abram was the eldest son or not in his family. However of the 4 sons of Bathsheba, Solomon is obviously the most important. Therefore, the fact that he is listed last is compelling evidence that in this case the sons ARE listed in birth order. I hope this makes sense. ( I have largely got these thoughts from my husband who has done a lot of work in this area. We were at Pt Hughes camp last March – loved your talk then)
    Love in Jesus, Janet Johnson


    • alsowritten says:

      Thanks for the comments Janet. Have just been looking at the discrepancies with Noah’s sons which are ‘untypical’. It seems there is debate over how it’s been translated. Shem is listed first in Gen. 9:18 yet 10:21 calls Japheth the ‘elder’… KJV Genesis 10:21 “Unto Shem also, the father of all the children of Eber, the brother of Japheth the elder, even to him were children born. ” The word translated here for ‘elder’ is overwhelmingly translated as ‘great’ – 397 times compared to ‘elder’ 8 times. The Septuagint translates it this way “And to Shem were born children, even to him, the father of all the sons of Eber, the brother of Japheth the great.” (Genesis 10:21, LXX). In Gen. 9:27 God gave a blessing to make Japheth great – ” May God extend Japheth’s territory; may Japheth live in the tents of Shem,
      and may Canaan be the slave of Japheth.” It seems to me that Japheth was ‘great’ not the elder. However, you are right there are examples of a switch of birth order, notably Isaac is named before Ishmael quite a few times in the Old Testament, but the New Testament refers to Hagar before Sarah – Gal. 4:22 “It is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and the other by the free woman. ” Lots of food for thought. God Bless


  2. Janet Johnson says:

    Thanks, Robin, as you say, all food for thought. So many 2nd or later born sons end up being the more important.

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