A list chapter, I looked at the commentary daring them to find anything to say about it, they found plenty.
One quote compared it to the emotional effect of a walk though a graveyard, a blur of old names, provoking thoughts of your own identity and mortality.
It dates from Ezra’s time, when the exiled Israelites were allowed to return home and set about restoring their broken culture.
So the lineages were very important to remind themselves of their grand history, plus the religion relied on tribal groups, so it’s vital work for that context.
It also emphasises the connectedness of humanity under the hand of God. Their captors, their enemies, their friends brothers and sisters, all branches of the lines of Adam, Abraham, Noah and the patriarchs. God blessed many nations other than theirs, his plans are both broad and specific. He’s always there, working though it all.
So there’s a lot in a list. The names of past forbears tell you where you came from, yet the fact that they are forgotten tells you about where you most likely be going to as well. Their lives meant no more or less than yours.
It gives you perspective. Grounds us in time and God in eternity.