patriarch(s)


patriarch(s)
The principal ancestors of the Israelites—Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, whose wives Sarah, Rebekah, and Rachel, bore sons through whom the nation continued. Some scholars do not regard the patriarchal narratives as history at all but cast them in a genre more like poetry, no longer relying on disputed archaeological evidence which placed the ancestors within established data of Mesopotamian culture over the wide period 2000–1200 BCE. However, the narratives may have reached their final form as late as the generation of the Exile (c.500 BCE) and so have been subject to much editorial construction. It is not therefore easy to disentangle tribal memories from a theological interpretation which imparted a sense of national identity from the basis of a core of individual histories.
‘Ancestors’ is used rather than ‘patriarchs’ in much scholarly literature because of the important role of women in Genesis.

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  • Patriarch — • The word patriarch as applied to Biblical personages comes from the Septuagint version . . . Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Patriarch     Patriarch      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Patriarch — Pa tri*arch (p[=a] tr[i^]*[aum]rk), n. [F. patriarche, L. patriarcha, Gr. paria rchhs, fr. paria lineage, especially on the father s side, race; path r father + archo s a leader, chief, fr. a rchein to lead, rule. See {Father}, {Archaic}.] 1. The …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Patriarch — Sm Bischof, hoher Geistlicher std. (12. Jh.), mhd. patriarc[he], patriarke Entlehnung. Ist entlehnt aus kirchen l. patriarcha, patriarchēs, dieses aus gr. patriárchēs, eigentlich Stammesführer , zu gr. patriā Vaterland, Stamm , zu gr. patḗr… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • Patriarch — (v. gr.), 1) Altvater, Haupt einer Familie; 2) (Erzväter), Stammväter der Geschlechter nach der Sündfluth, welche ein sehr hohes Alter erreichten; als P en bei den Hebräern galten Abraham, Isaak u. Jacob (s.d.a. unt. Hebräer, Gesch.). Solche P en …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • patriarch — [pā′trē ärk΄] n. [ME patriarche < OFr < LL(Ec) patriarcha < Gr(Ec) patriarchēs (transl. of Heb roshe avot) < Gr patria, family < patēr,FATHER + archēs < archein, to rule] 1. the father and ruler of a family or tribe, as one of… …   English World dictionary

  • Patriarch — (griech., »Altvater, Erzvater«), Name der Familienhäupter des biblischen Urgeschlechts und der Stammväter Israels bis auf die zwölf Söhne Jakobs. In der jüdischen Zeit führten die Vorsteher der Synedrien in Tiberias und Babylon diesen Ehrennamen …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • patriarch — index ancestor, parents, precursor, predecessor, primogenitor Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • patriarch — (n.) late 12c., from O.Fr. patriarche one of the Old Testament fathers (11c.), from L.L. patriarcha (Tertullian), from Gk. patriarches chief or head of a family, from patria family, clan, from pater father (see FATHER (Cf. father) (n.)) + arkhein …   Etymology dictionary

  • Patriarch — Patriarch: Der Amts und Ehrentitel einiger höchster kirchlicher Würdenträger wurde in mhd. Zeit (mhd. patriarche, patriare) aus gleichbed. kirchenlat. patriarcha entlehnt, das seinerseits aus griech. patriárchēs »Stammvater, Sippenoberhaupt«… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • patriarch — ► NOUN 1) the male head of a family or tribe. 2) a biblical figure regarded as a father of the human race, especially Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and their forefathers, or the sons of Jacob. 3) a powerful or respected older man. 4) a high ranking… …   English terms dictionary

  • Patriarch — Originally a patriarch was a man who exercised autocratic authority as a pater familias over an extended family. The system of such rule of families by senior males is called patriarchy. This is a Greek word, a composition of polytonic|πατήρ… …   Wikipedia


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