The genealogies were probably compiled from many records which had been written on tablets and partly copied from preceding Old Testament books. The nine chapters of genealogies form the generation to generation tie-up of all preceding Bible history. They need not be read for devotional purposes as frequently as other portions of Scripture; but, in reality, these and similar genealogies are the skeleton framework of the Old Testament. They bind the entire Bible together and give it unity.
As we read these chapters we should realize more fully that we are reading the history of God's people, inspired of God to be written, and not some folklore or legend.
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