Genealogy Holiday Gift: Herod's Burning of the Jewish Genealogies and Biblical influence in Medieval to Modern genealogies.

Chris & Tom Tinney, Sr. vctinney at
Thu Nov 30 18:00:57 EST 2000

Offered in the spirit of the upcoming
Christmas and Hanukkah Season: Herod's
Burning of the Jewish Genealogies in
GYDINGA SAGA and in the Second
Old Norwegian Epiphany Homily, by
Thomas N. Hall, [University of Illinois at
Chicago], from Mediaeval Studies,
Volume 61; copyright 1999, by the
Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies,
pages 173 -204.  The saga "has been
described as a 'typical example of the
learned interest in biblical and extra-
biblical matters in thirteenth-century Iceland
and Norway . . .'".  From page 178: "But
the aforementioned men had especially
committed that to record, that during that
time all the genealogies of the Hebrews had
been preserved in writing in the more secret
archives of the temple, which also contained
records of the origins of all foreigners, such
as Achior from the Ammonites and Ruth
from the Moabites, as well as others who
had come from Egypt who were said to
have mixed with the Israelites. . . ."

The following quote provides historical
understanding, as to why the genealogies
"kept" in St. Matthew and St. Luke, would
be found as written contemporaneously
with the Time of the Messiah Jesus Christ.

Catholic Church History
Book I  Chapter VII
. . .
"11 . . . Antipater, son of a certain temple
slave named Herod.  And since the priest
was not able to pay the ransom for his son,
Antipater was brought up in the customs
of the Idumeans, and afterward was
befriended by Hyrcanus, the high priest
of the Jews.

12 And having, been sent by Hyrcanus
on an embassy to Pompey, and having
restored to him the kingdom which had
been invaded by his brother Aristobulus,
he had the good fortune to be named
procurator of Palestine.  But Antipater
having been slain by those who were
envious of his great good fortune was
succeeded by his son Herod, who was
afterward, by a decree of the senate,
made King of the Jews under Antony
and Augustus.  His sons were Herod
and the other tetrarchs.  These accounts
agree also with those of the Greeks.

13 But as there had been kept in the
archives up to that time the genealogies
of the Hebrews as well as of those who
traced their lineage back to proselytes,
such as Achior the Ammonite and Ruth
the Moabitess, and to those who were
mingled with the Israelites and came out
of Egypt with them, Herod, inasmuch as
the lineage of the Israelites contributed
nothing to his advantage, and since he was
goaded with the consciousness of his own
ignoble extraction, burned all the genealogical
records, thinking that he might appear of
noble origin if no one else were able, from
the public registers, to trace back his lineage
to the patriarchs or proselytes and to those
mingled with them, who were called Georae.

14 A few of the careful, however, having
obtained private records of their own, either
by remembering the names or by getting them
in some other way from the registers, pride
themselves on preserving the memory of their
noble extraction.  . . ."

In the writing of history at King Alfred's
court, by Anton Scharer, "The 'West-Saxon
Genealogical Regnal List'", as well as
"The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle", are reviewed,
with extensive documented notes, in Vol. 5,
Number 2, 1996, of the periodical: Early
Medieval Europe; beginning page 177-.
Mention is made on page 192, that:
"Among the usual cast of Old Testament
kings held out as models to contemporary
rulers, Solomon features most prominently
in the reign of Charles the Bald, occupying
the place in relation to the ruler that David
had held in the days of Charlemagne. {94}"

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