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Father
Any man having a child or children.
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The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Father
father, in the Bible, a designation used, not only for the immediate male progenitor, but also for the head of a people or tribe (Gen. 19:37), or for the founder of a town (1 Chron. 2:41–52), or of some institution (Gen. 4:20–21; nrsv: “ancestor”). The plural, “fathers” (nrsv: “ancestors”), refers to
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Father
FATHER. This term in the OT has a wide spectrum of meanings. These may be divided into literal and figurative uses.Basically it refers to the male parent (Gen 2:24; 22:7; 48:1; etc.). One of the most basic and foremost ethical percepts of the OT and NT relates to the honor and obedience due to fathers.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Father
FatherIn the patriarchal worldview of biblical Israel, the father (Heb. ʾāḇ) was the linchpin of family life, and his house (bêṯ ʾāḇ) was the basic unit of biblical society. Fatherhood was the only way a man could perpetuate his name and memory after death. Thus the acquisition of male heirs is
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Father
Father (Heb. ˒āḇ; Gk. patḗr).† The male parent, either biologically or through adoption (e.g., Gen. 9:23; Num. 3:4; Matt. 4:21–22). In biblical usage the term may also designate a grandfather (e.g., Gen. 28:13) or more remote male ancestor (e.g., 1 Kgs. 15:11, 24), including the eponymous ancestor
Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible
Father
FATHER אבI. Heb ʾāb, ‘father’ (a primitive Semitic noun, with idiosyncratic plurals), is of unknown etymology but is widely taken to represent a child’s early stammer. ʾĀb and its congeners refer to the biological or social father—ancestral figure, protector—and are used as an honorary title for men
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Father
Father (Lat. Pater). Originally the title of bishops (cf. the BCP *Ordinal, where the bishop is addressed as ‘Reverend Father in God’), it was later applied esp. to confessors, called in medieval English ‘ghostly fathers’. As a title of religious the term properly belongs only to *Mendicant Friars,
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Father
Father. The position and authority of the father as the head of the family are expressly assumed and sanctioned in Scripture, as a likeness of that of the Almighty over his creatures. It lies of course at the root of that so-called patriarchal government, Gen. 3:16; 1 Cor. 11:3, which was introductory
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Father
Fathera name applied (1) to any ancestor (Deut. 1:11; 1 Kings 15:11; Matt. 3:9; 23:30, etc.); and (2) as a title of respect to a chief, ruler, or elder, etc. (Judg. 17:10; 18:19; 1 Sam. 10:12; 2 Kings 2:12; Matt. 23:9, etc.). (3) The author or beginner of anything is also so called; e.g., Jabal and
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Father
Fatherfather, in the ot the immediate male progenitor, the head of a people or tribe (Gen. 19:37), the grandfather (32:9), or the founder of a town (1 Chron. 2:41–52) or a profession (Gen. 4:20, 21). The plural ‘fathers’ refers to previous generations (Jer. 31:32; Ps. 22:4; Lam. 5:7). ‘Father’ can
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Father
FATHER - the male parent of a household in Bible times, charged with the responsibility of providing for the family and giving religious instruction to the children. Also see Family.
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