Ancestor [Heb. ˊāḇ] (Josh. 19:47; Jgs. 18:29); AV FATHER; NEB also FOREFATHER; [GK. patḗr] (He. 7:10); AV FATHER; ANCESTRAL TRIBE [Heb. ’āḇôṯ] (Nu. 1:16, 47); AV TRIBE OF THEIR FATHERS; NEB FATHER’S TRIBE, FATHER’S FAMILY.Cultural anthropology has provided us information and insight into the
Forefather In the OT “forefather” renders Heb. ʾāḇ riʾšôn (lit “preceding father,” Jer. 11:10) or simply riʾšôn (“predecessor, ancestor,” Lev. 26:45; Ps. 79:8). The NT terms are Gk. propátōr (“forefather,” Rom. 4:1) and patḗr (lit “father,” often used in the sense of “ancestor”). SeeAncestor.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
ancestor (Heb. ’ab, “father”), the one from whom a person or group is descended, either literally or figuratively. The Israelites felt a close connection with their ancestors and often thought of their families as including, not only living relatives, but earlier generations as well, all the way back
AncestorFounder of a family or people. Descendants viewed themselves as expressions of immediate or distant ancestors, and ancestors were considered present in the institutions and traditions of the family. The term used for “ancestor” (Heb. ʾāḇ) is the word for “father,” translated “patriarch” in
Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments
AncestorsAncestors play an important role in the later NT documents. God purposed the new covenant in Christ in fulfillment of the promises made to ancestors. Authors depict ancestors as models of behavior to be both emulated and avoided. While both male and female ancestors are noted, the majority
Ancestorancestor (Heb. ’ab, ‘father’), the one from whom a person or group is descended, either literally or figuratively. The ancient Israelites felt a close sense of kinship with their ancestors and often thought of their families as including not only living kin but also earlier generations all
ANCESTORS<an’-ses-ters> ( רִאשֹׁנִים [ri’shonim], “first ones”): The word ancestor appears in the English Bible only once (Leviticus 26:45). The Hebrew word, the ordinary adjective “first,” occurs more than 200 times, and in a few places might fairly be rendered ancestors (e.g. Deuteronomy 19:14;
FOREFATHER<for’-fa-ther>:1. [אָב רִאשׂן, ’abh ri’shon], “first father,” “chief father,” hence, “early ancestor”: “turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers” (Jer 11:10).2. [πρόγονος, progonos], “born before,” “ancestor”: “whom I serve from my forefathers” (2 Tim 1:3).
Global Dictionary of Theology: A Resource for the Worldwide Church
ANCESTORS Those from whom a person is descended both literally and figuratively. Some English versions use the term frequently to translate ʾabot in the OT and pater in the NT, both of which are the normal word for “father,” “grandfather,” etc. When these words are plural and the context deals with the
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
ANCESTORS,an’ses-tērs (רִאשֹׁנִים, rī’shōnīm, “first ones”): The word ancestor appears in the Eng. Bible only once (Lev 26:45). The Heb word, the ordinary adj. “first,” occurs more than 200 times, and in a few places might fairly be rendered ancestors (e.g. Dt 19:14; Jer 11:10). In speaking of ancestors
FOREFATHER,fōrʹfä-thẽr:(1) אָב רִאשֹׁן, ’ābh rī’shōn, “first father,” “chief father,” hence “early ancestor”: “turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers” (Jer 11:10).(2) πρόγονος,prógonos, “born before,” “ancestor”: “whom I serve from my forefathers” (2 Tim 1:3). It is trd “parents” (including