For the last few months, we’ve been studying Genesis together on Sunday mornings. We’ve noticed that the first half of Genesis follows the line of “the seed” – that is, the line of descendants of Adam that led to Jesus Christ.
Yes, others are mentioned, but the focus is on Adam, Seth, Noah, Abraham, and then Isaac and Jacob. The text mentions others who are part of Adam’s, Seth’s, Noah’s, Abraham’s, and Isaac’s family. But, most of the emphasis are placed on descendants that lead to Jesus Christ.
But, it seems that something changes after Jacob. Suddenly, the focus changes to the entire family. The line of “the seed” goes through Judah, and Judah is certainly included in the text. But others are emphasized as well, especially Joseph.
When you continue through the Pentateuch, again the emphasis is on all of Jacob’s (Israel’s) family and not just Judah’s family.
Have you noticed this double emphasis (the line of the seed and the family of Jacob)? Why do think the emphasis shifts from just “the seed” to the entire family of Jacob?