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Inheritance
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
The portion of possessions that transfers to an heir upon the owner’s death.The Old Testament presents inheritance principally in the context of legal dealings concerning property. It also applies these basic ideas to the theological statements of the land as Israel’s inheritance and Israel as God’s inheritance. The New Testament deals with inheritance largely as the promised eternal kingdom of God shared by those called by grace.
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Inheritance
Inheritance The portion of possessions that transfers to an heir upon the owner’s death.The Old Testament presents inheritance principally in the context of legal dealings concerning property. It also applies these basic ideas to the theological statements of the land as Israel’s inheritance and Israel
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Inheritance (NT)
INHERITANCE (NT). The Gk terms are klēronomia, “inheritance”; klēronomein, “to inherit”; klēronomôs, “heir”; sugklēronomos, “joint heir.” In the NT the content of the terms can move all the way from a simple judicial concern for personal property (Luke 12:13) to a heavenly and imperishable inheritance
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Inheritance
Inheritance. Legacy or bequest. Inheritance plays an unusually significant role in the Scriptures when it is used to convey theological truths. As we might expect, however, these theological applications reflect legal customs in force during OT and NT times.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Inherit
Inherit[Heb nāḥal] (Ex. 32:13; Nu. 26:55; Jer. 12:14; etc.); NEB also POSSESS, PATRIMONY, POSSESSION, etc.; [yāraš] (Lev. 20:24; Dt. 16:20; Isa. 65:9; etc.); AV also POSSESS; NEB POSSESSION, OCCUPY, HEIR, POSSESS; [ʾaḥuzzâ] (Lev. 27:28); AV POSSESSION; NEB ANCESTRAL; [naḥa] (Prov. 19:14);
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Inheritance
INHERITANCE Legacy or bequest. Inheritance plays an unusually significant role in the Scriptures when it is used to convey theological truths. As we might expect, these theological applications reflect legal customs in force during OT and NT times.Legal and Historical AspectThe Patriarchs We learn
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Inheritance
inheritance. Most of the biblical legislation governing inheritance concerns the passing on of land, not personal wealth or other property. Some basic rules are provided in Num. 27:8–11. Normally, the land would pass to a man’s sons, but if a man died without leaving a son, his property was transferred
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Inheritance
INHERITANCE. While the OT develops the Heb. law of legal inheritance, the theological significance of inheritance, is prominent in God’s dealings with man in both the OT and NT.The basic idea is settled possession of land and personal property by a stable and permanent title irrespective of how that
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Inheritance
InheritanceProperty that transfers to an heir upon the death of its owner.The inheritance of wealth and personal property is rarely mentioned in the OT. Apart from a single law protecting the rights of a man’s oldest son (Deut. 21:15–17), concerns about this aspect of inheritance are found only in
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Inheritance
Inheritance (Heb. naḥa).† The transference of property from one generation to another (to be distinguished from transference of familial or other social authority, which constitutes descent).Throughout the ancient Near East, the standard inheritance pattern was from father to son (cf. Prov.
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Inheritance
INHERITANCE The Bible speaks of inheritance in two senses. The first is the traditional legal claim to property and rights as a consequence of family or other ties. The second, arising from the first, is a theological concept that is found in both the Old Testament and the New Testament, and sharply
Key passages
Dt 21:15–17

“If a man has two wives, and the one is loved and the other one is disliked and the one loved and the one that is disliked have borne for him sons, if it happens that the firstborn son belongs to the one that is disliked, nevertheless it will be the case that on the day of bestowing his …

Ro 8:16–17

The Spirit himself confirms to our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, also heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer together with him so that we may also be glorified together with him.

1 Co 15:50

But I say this, brothers, that flesh and blood is not able to inherit the kingdom of God, nor can corruption inherit incorruptibility.

Eph 1:11–14

in whom also we were chosen, having been predestined according to the purpose of the One who works all things according to the counsel of his will, that we who hoped beforehand in Christ should be for the praise of his glory, in whom also you, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel …

1 Pe 1:3–5

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, into an inheritance imperishable and undefiled and unfading, reserved in heaven …

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