The genealogies were probably compiled from many records
which had been written on tablets and partly copied from preceding
Old Testament books. The nine chapters of genealogies form the
generation to generation tie-up of all preceding Bible history. They
need not be read for devotional purposes as frequently as other
portions of Scripture; but, in reality, these and similar
genealogies are the skeleton framework of the Old Testament. They
bind the entire Bible together and give it unity.
As we read these chapters we should realize more fully that
we are reading the history of God’s people, inspired of God to be
written, and not some folklore or legend.