Instead, let’s look at the Koine Greek history of the term. First, the word has origins from the term ‘pater’ which means ‘father’ in Greek.
G3962 — πατήρ — patēr — pat-ayr’
Apparently a primary word; a father (literally or figuratively, near or more remote): – father, parent. Total KJV occurrences: 419
One of the derivative words ‘patria’ is used in terms of ‘lineage.’
G3965 — πατριά — patria — pat-ree-ah’
As if feminine of a derivative of G3962; paternal descent, that is, (concretely) a group of families or a whole race (nation): – family, kindred, lineage. Total KJV occurrences: 3
Luke 2:4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line (patria) of David.
The next derivative ‘patriarches’ is where we derive the actual term Patriarchy.
G3966 — πατριάρχης — patriarchēs — pat-ree-arkh’-ace
From G3965 and G757; a progenitor (patriarch): – patriarch. Total KJV occurrences: 4
Acts 2:29 “Fellow Israelites, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch (patriarches) David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day.
Acts 7:8 Then he gave Abraham the covenant of circumcision. And Abraham became the father of Isaac and circumcised him eight days after his birth. Later Isaac became the father of Jacob, and Jacob became the father of the twelve patriarchs (patriarches). 9 “Because the patriarchs (patriarches) were jealous of Joseph, they sold him as a slave into Egypt. But God was with him 10 and rescued him from all his troubles. He gave Joseph wisdom and enabled him to gain the goodwill of Pharaoh king of Egypt. So Pharaoh made him ruler over Egypt and all his palace.
Hebrews 7:4 Just think how great he was: Even the patriarch (patriarches) Abraham gave him a tenth of the plunder! 5 Now the law requires the descendants of Levi who become priests to collect a tenth from the people—that is, from their fellow Israelites—even though they also are descended from Abraham.
There’s a couple of other same ‘patri-‘ derivative words referring to tradition and customs of fathers which you can look up on your own time in the Greek.
Generally speaking, Patriarch/Patriarchy is used as a term to denote male led families and lineage.
The fact that it has ‘bad’ connotations or ‘has been abused’ I don’t really care. As you can see, the word is used above when Stephen was martyred in Acts 7 to talk about how Joseph was sold as a slave by his patriarchal brothers. The fact that they did evil of their own prerogative, which God used for good, does not make patriarchy bad. Hence, it’s a fundamentally good and holy concept from the Scripture. People don’t have to like it, but you should use it because it’s good.
This blog will obviously continue to promote Patriarchy: male led families. Likewise, it will continue to promote masculinity associated with learning how to lead families.