[quote=Zooey]Both Mary & Joseph were descended from King David. Luke gives us Mary’s genealogy, which has Jesus bloodline descent from David.
Matthew has Jesus legal line of descent. Joseph was descended from King Jeconiah/Jechonias, who was king at the time the Jews went into captivity in Babylon.So, legally, Joseph was closer to the throne, if there had been a king on David’s throne, in Jesus’ time.
But there was a curse put on Jeconiah, that none of his offspring would ever again be ruler of Israel. Mary’s bloodline was less close to the throne, BUT: she was descended from another branch of the royal family.
So, from Mary, Jesus got His physical, blood birthright as the King of the Jews. But from His foster father, Joseph, He recieved (as the “first born son”, hence that wording in the Bible, by the by) the legal right to inherit the kingship.
I don’t know which version of the Bible you are looking at but both Matthew and Luke show Joseph’s geneology.
Luke 3:23-38 even states
Now Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began his ministry. He was the son, so it was thought, of Joseph,
the son of Heli, the son of Matthat,
the son of Levi, the son of Melki,
the son of Jannai, the son of Joseph,
the son of Mattathias, the son of Amos,
Is says Joseph was the son of Heli…
Matthew also gives the lineage of Joseph