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Asbury Bible Commentary – C. Genealogy of David (4:18–22)
C. Genealogy of David (4:18–22)

The closing genealogy has been commonly called a later addition. Though it bears the marks of an appendix, this does not necessarily mean it is secondary. Indeed, it appears to form a closure (along with the birth of Obed) and thus forms an important literary unit in the book (see introduction and Berlin, 107-10).


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