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1910 New Catholic Dictionary

Patriarchs, Scriptural

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In 1Paralipomenon 8:28, called "Chief fathers and heads of their families who dwelt in Jerusalem." They are therefore founders and chief men of a clan. Thus of the Semites from Adam to Therah inclusively, there were nineteen patriarchs. With Abraham there begins another list of patriarchs of the Abrahamites. First there are the three great patriarchs, to whom all render special praise: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Our Lord gives these three special honor. Of Jacob sprang twelve sons, and twelve patriarchs, founders of the race of Israel. In Acts 2:29, David is called a patriarch, as a token of signal honor, and because he founded the Davidic dynasty of which is Christ.

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Entry for 'Patriarchs, Scriptural'. 1910 New Catholic Dictionary. 1910.

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