Tamar’s story is in the Bible in the book of Genesis 38; Rahab’s story is in the book of Joshua 2; Ruth’s story is in the book of that name; Bathsheba’s (the wife of Uriah) story is in the book of 2 Samuel 11 onwards. All four books are part of the National Archives of Israel and date back many centuries before Jesus came.
Do you research your ancestry? Have you found unusual people there?
I must confess to having no certainty whatsoever why these four women are listed. But here are two facts which apply to them.
First, all four women had bad reputations. Tamar dressed as a prostitute and seduced her father-in-law. Rahab was from the red-light district of Jericho, a city condemned for its evil. Ruth was a young widow who set her stall to attract a much older wealthy bachelor. Bathsheba "carelessly" bathed in full view of King David.
Second, all four had been badly treated by men or had had unhappy lives. Tamar had been cheated out of a husband and children. Rahab was under the thrall of the King and men of Jericho. Ruth was a childless widow in a land of famine. Bathsheba has no choice but to allow the King to have his way, the King who then murdered her husband.
What a world..... Equally, when you think about it, we know from these boos that many of the men in the ancestry of Jesus Christ were far from “nice”......
Have you spotted the fact that Matthew did not state “and Joseph was the father of Jesus”? Instead he wrote that Joseph was “the husband of Mary”. Jesus’ legal ancestry is clear - through Joseph to Abraham.
Biologically? Matthew records that “Mary was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit”. What’s this? Was it adultery (given that Mary was contractually married)? Was it yet another moral failure? Neither - but Mary’s “bad reputation” clung to her and also attached itself to Jesus.