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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
pā´tri - ark , ( πατριάρχης , patriárchēs ). The word occurs in the New Testament in application to Abraham ( Hebrews 7:4 ), to the sons of Jacob (Acts 7:8 , Acts 7:9 ), and to David (Acts 2:29 ). In Septuagint it is used as the equivalent of the head of the fathers' house, or of a tribe (1 Chronicles 24:31; 1 Chronicles 27:32; 2 Chronicles 26:12 ). Commonly now the term is used of the persons whose names appear in the genealogies and covenant-histories in the periods preceding Moses (Gen 5; 11, histories of Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, etc.; compare "patriarchal dispensation"). The problems connected with the longevity ascribed to the patriarchs in the genealogies and narratives in Gen are dealt with in special articles. See ANTEDILUVIAN PATRIARCHS; ANTEDILUVIANS GENEALOGY .
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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Patriarch; Patriachs'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/p/patriarch-patriachs.html. 1915.