(Matʹthat) [probably a shortened form of the Heb. Mattithiah, meaning “Gift of Jehovah”].
1. A distant ancestor of Jesus Christ through Mary. He is called the “son of Levi” and was one of the persons listed in the period between Zerubbabel and David.—Lu 3:29.
2. A closer ancestor of Jesus through Mary. Her father Heli is referred to as the “son” of this Matthat, who was probably Mary’s grandfather.—Lu 3:23, 24.