The Genealogy of Joseph the Carpenter and Jesus

(See Matthew 1:1–17; Luke 3:23–38)

Elder James E. Talmage wrote:

“At the time of the Savior’s birth, Israel was ruled by alien monarchs. The rights of the royal Davidic family were unrecognized; and the ruler of the Jews was an appointee of Rome. Had Judah been a free and independent nation, ruled by her rightful sovereign, Joseph the carpenter would have been her crowned king; and his lawful successor to the throne would have been Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.”

(Jesus the Christ, 3rd ed. [1916], 87.)