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Easton's Bible Dictionary

Heir

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Under the patriarchs the property of a father was divided among the sons of his legitimate wives (Genesis 21:10 ; 24:36 ; 25:5 ), the eldest son getting a larger portion than the rest. The Mosaic law made specific regulations regarding the transmission of real property, which are given in detail in Deuteronomy 21:17 ; Numbers 27:8 ; 36:6 ; 27:9-11 . Succession to property was a matter of right and not of favour. Christ is the "heir of all things" (Hebrews 1:2 ; Colossians 1:15 ). Believers are heirs of the "promise," "of righteousness," "of the kingdom," "of the world," "of God," "joint heirs" with Christ (Galatians 3:29 ; Hebrews 6:17 ; 11:7 ; James 2:5 ; Romans 4:13 ; 8:17 ).


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These dictionary topics are from M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain.

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Easton, Matthew George. Entry for 'Heir'. Easton's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/ebd/h/heir.html. 1897.

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