“We are all woven together in the great web of humanity, and whatever we can do to benefit and uplift others will reflect in blessing upon ourselves.”
Ellen G. White
See how great he is! Even Abraham the patriarch gave him a tenth of the spoils.
Hebrews 7:4 NRSV
During the time of the Old Testament patriarchs, the fatherless were considered one of the oppressed classes in the Israelite society, together with the widow, because of the absence of the father or the husband. The father is considered as the primary legal defender in the biblical times. Without the father, there would be no one to defend the child or the wife. In every instance in which the fatherless is mentioned, the context is one of helplessness. The father is supposed to be the protector of the family. His presence helps the members of the family get a good quality of life.
Israel’s founding fathers — Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and the 12 sons of Israel (Jacob) are known as the patriarchs. The term “patriarch” comes from the Latin word pater, meaning father, and the Greek verb archo, which means to rule. A patriarch is identified as the ruling ancestor who may have been the founding father of the family, clan, or nation.
The term “patriarch” comes from the Latin word pater, meaning father, and the Greek verb archo, which means to rule.
The growth of the Hebrew nation was promised specifically to Abraham in the context of a patriarchal covenant (Gen. 15:17), which includes the promise of a land for Abraham’s offspring to dwell in. The promises made through Abraham is made available to Isaac, Jacob, and those who would be in a special historical and spiritual relationship with God.
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