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DUKE . The title of ‘duke’ in the AV [Note: Authorized Version.] has a very general meaning. It is an inheritance from the Eng. of earlier versions, in which (after Vulg. [Note: Vulgate.] dux ) ‘duke’ meant any leader or chief. Latimer calls Gideon a duke, and Wyclif uses this title of Christ, as in his Works (iii. 137), ‘Jesus Christ, duke of oure batel.’ The title of ‘duke’ is confined in AV [Note: Authorized Version.] to the chiefs of Edom, with the exception of Joshua 13:21 ‘dukes of Sihon,’ and 1Ma 10:65 (applied to Jonathan Maccabæus).

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Duke'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. 1909.

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