The Luke genealogy provides Jesus’s lineage through Mary’s ancestors. While it is Jesus’ genealogy through Mary’s lineage, it is traced through the paternal side (Luke 3:23-38). Note verse thirty-two — “When He began His ministry, Jesus Himself was about thirty years of age, being, as was supposed, the son of Joseph, the son of Eli.” Joseph was not the physical father of Jesus, but after almost thirty-years, Joseph was accepted as Jesus’ father. Also, note that Joseph is listed as the son of Eli. Matthew records Joseph’s father as Jacob. Again because Hebrew genealogies record the paternal line, even though Eli is Mary’s father, her husband Joseph is listed as the son of Eli. While the gospels of Matthew and Luke are independent accounts of Jesus’ birth, both confirm the fact that Mary was a virgin when she conceived Jesus and remained a virgin until after she birthed Jesus.
- but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son… - Matthew 1:25