Out of the muck & madness... A genealogy doesn’t seem a great way to start off a Gospel, not least the Gospel that, in Protestant Bibles, opens up the entire New Testament corpus. The ENd word Jeremy McQuoid But for Matthew, and his Jewish readership, there was nothing more compelling than seeing how the birth of Christ was firmly grounded in the muck and madness of Jewish history. subscribe now Join today to gain access to the rest of this article and many others. more info login If you are already a subscriber, log in to continue. log in access code If you have an access code, enter it here: Go free trial Get free access for 14 days: Sign up Click here to find out how we take care of your personal data.