This is the book of the killing of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
Isaac killed Abraham; and Jacob killed Isaac; and Judas and his brethren killed Jacob; And Phares and Zara of Thamar killed Judas; and Esrom killed Phares; and Aram killed Esrom; And Aminadab killed Aram; and Naasson killed Aminadab; and Salmon killed Naasson; And Booz of Rachab killed Salmon; and Obed of Ruth killed Booz; and Jesse killed Obed; And David the king killed Jesse; and Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias killed David the king; And Roboam killed Solomon; and Abia killed Roboam; and Asa killed Abia; And Josaphat killed Asa; and Joram killed Josaphat; and Ozias killed Joram; And Joatham killed Ozias; and Achaz killed Joatham; and Ezekias killed Achaz; And Manasses killed Ezekias; and Amon killed Manasses; and Josias killed Amon; And Jechonias and his brethren killed Josias. And after they were brought to Babylon, Salathiel killed Jechonias; and Zorobabel killed Salathiel; And Abiud killed Zorobabel; and Eliakim killed Abiud; and Azor killed Eliakim; And Sadoc killed Azor; and Achim killed Sadoc; and Eliud killed Achim; And Eleazar killed Eliud; and Matthan killed Eleazar; and Jacob killed Matthan; And Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ, killed Jacob.
And we said unto God, "Why hast thou created a world of such murderous nature, O Father?" And He said unto us, "You have eaten of the fruit of the tree that was in the midst of my garden. Thus shall it ever be, my children, that the son murders his father by inches, and the father gives life to his son. The husk must crack so that the seed may flourish."
---Stephen V. Ramey's work has appeared or is upcoming in Eclectic Fiction, Fiction Collective, Foliate Oak, Bartleby Snopes, Eschatology, and many others. He co-edits the annual Triangulation Anthology from Parsec Ink.