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Patriarchal Government


1. Vested in the heads of families. Ge 18:19.

2. Exercised in

a. Training, &c their servants for war. Ge 14:14.

b. Vindicating their wrongs. Ge 14:12,15,16.

c. Forming treaties and alliances. Ge 14:13; 21:22-32; 26:28-33.

d. Acting as priests. Ge 8:20; 12:7,8; 35:1-7; Job 1:5.

e. Acting as judges. Ge 38:24.

f. Arbitrarily disinheriting and putting away servants and children. Ge 21:14; 1Ch 5:1.

g. Blessing and cursing their children. Ge 9:25,26; 27:28,29; 49:1-33.

h. The authority of heads of families for, acknowledged. Ge 23:6.