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Study Resources :: Dictionaries :: Forefather

Dictionaries :: Forefather

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International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia



(1) ‘abh ri'shon, "first father," "chief father," hence, "early ancestor": "turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers" (Jer 11:10).

(2) progonos, "born before," "ancestor": "whom I serve from my forefathers" (2Ti 1:3). It is translated "parents" (including grandparents) in 1Ti 5:4: "and to requite their parents."

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
1 Strong's Number: g4269 Greek: progonos


an adjective, primarily denoting "born before" (pro, "before," and ginomai, "to become"), is used as a noun in the plural, 2Ti 1:3, "forefathers" (in 1Ti 5:4, "parents").

2 Strong's Number: g3962 Greek: propator


"a forefather" (pro, "before," pater, "a father"), is used of Abraham in Rom 4:1.


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