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A name applied (1) to any ancestor (Deuteronomy 1:11 ; 1 Kings 15:11 ; Matthew 3:9 ; 23:30 , etc.); and (2) as a title of respect to a chief, ruler, or elder, etc. (Judges 17:10 ; 18:19 ; 1 Samuel 10:12 ; 2 Kings 2:12 ; Matthew 23:9 , etc.). (3) The author or beginner of anything is also so called; e.g., Jabal and Jubal (Genesis 4:20,21 ; Compare Job 38:28 ).

Applied to God (Exodus 4:22 ; Deuteronomy 32:6 ; 2 Samuel 7:14 ; Psalm 89:27,28 , etc.).

  • As denoting his covenant relation to the Jews (Jeremiah 31:9 ; Isaiah 63:16 ; 64:8 ; John 8:41 , etc.).

  • Believers are called God's "sons" (John 1:12 ; Romans 8:16 ; Matthew 6:4,8,15,18 ; 10:20,29 ). They also call him "Father" (Romans 1:7 ; 1 Corinthians 1:3 ; 2 co 1:2 ; Galatians 1:4 )


  • Copyright Statement
    These dictionary topics are from M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain.

    Bibliography Information
    Easton, Matthew George. Entry for 'Father'. Easton's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/ebd/f/father.html. 1897.

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