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Morrish Bible Dictionary
'Head of a family,' applied in the N.T. to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as ancestors of the Israelites, and to the twelve sons of Jacob. David also is thus designated. Acts 2:29; Acts 7:8,9; Hebrews 7:4 . In other passages the same persons are called 'the fathers.'
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Morrish, George. Entry for 'Patriarch'. Morrish Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/mbd/p/patriarch.html. 1897.