Bible Tree Cheat Sheet
This page is part of the Biblical Tree Merge project.
When merging big trees, some of which contain plenty of errors, it is often easy to get confused as to which version is correct. So this page is a quick reference to use when merging biblical trees. As such, it will list various "main" lines in this tree.
Adam → King David → Zerubbabel
King David → Jesus
Luke's list as far as King David, is in complete agreement with the "Old Testament" list above (with the minor addition of Cainan between Shelah and Arphaxad, as found in the Septuagint, but omitted in the traditional Bible text). As such, this list here, will start with King David.
The one MAJOR difference between the list in Luke, and the traditional line followed in the Geni tree, is that Luke has the first Exilarch Zerubbabel, "son of" Shealtiel, as descendant of this obscure Davidic line, while other, earlier sources have Zerubbabel as a direct near-descendant (great-grandson) of Jechoniah, the next-to-last King of the House of David. Luke's version does NOT make any sense, as "his" Zerubbabel would be a "nobody", having no-real claim to this Line/Title. As such, the "main-line" tree follows Luke as far Shealtiel, and then has a pointer to the "main" Zerubbabel, where the line is continued, through his son Rhesa.
|This line has many duplicated or similar names (even "duplicate" father-son pairs, such as Levi → Matthat, and FIVE people named Mattathias, Matthat or Mattatha). As such, it is VERY common to find completely mangled versions of it.|
|Great care MUST be taken to not mess it up when merging in new copies.|
The Split Line
The tree for the last four generations of this line (after Levi) is presently a tangled mess. It is NOT at all clear how (if at all), Joseph of Arimathea is related, so there are probably a dozen different versions IN this part of the tree.
Feel free to add any other lists you find useful.