The Patriarchy Part 3

Ame questions the term “Patriarchy” due to it potentially not being mentioned in the Scripture, and it being abused. I’m going to ignore the ‘abuse’ part because I already covered it.

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.

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5 Responses to The Patriarchy Part 3

  1. Pingback: The Patriarchy Part 3 – Manosphere.org

  2. SirHamster says:

    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.

    I agree with the bolded statement, but it does not follow from the use of “patriarch” in the Bible and the fact that some patriarchs did evil on their own prerogative.

    To build the case that Patriarchy is a fundamentally good and holy concept, I would point to the facts that Jesus taught us to appeal to our heavenly fatherin prayer, that he lived a life of a son submitting to his father’s will, that he taught us to be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect, and that he has gone to prepare rooms in his father’s house for us.

    A father-led family is critical to our understanding and relation to God. Since that is what Patriarchy is, Patriarchy is a fundamentally good and holy concept from Scripture.

  3. LeeLee says:

    The idea of Patriarchy is very misunderstood in our culture because we’ve never seen it. It’s used primarily as a negative, because the idea of male primacy or priority is negative, but honestly I think anyone who can’t accept those things won’t ultimately be able to accept the primacy or priority of God.

    I sympathize with Ame’s resistance to the term, but to me, the idea of Patriarchy perfectly describes the system of male authority & responsibility in the family and community that is in place all the way from Genesis to Revelation. That’s why I describe myself as “ProPatriarchy”

  4. I might add to the post that Biblical patriarchy is concerned with the primacy of the family much more than the individual. Biblical Patriarchy creates a chain of command and a single vision for the household. It is the most effective structure to pass values down through generations. Biblical Patriarchy is pro-family and it is the best system for the welfare of every member of the family. It is God’s economic system, department of education and welfare.

    When feminists disparage patriarchy it is not because they fear the family won’t succeed under a patriarchy, but because they believe they are not getting their own fair share of power and glory and so they fear being demeaned. In essence they place their own aggrandizement and comfort over the success of the family. In the radical feminist circles, children are murdered, husbands divorced, wealth dissipated, men eviscerated and women celebrated. The family is sacrificed on the alter of girl-power!

    It is puzzling how feminists voice fear of becoming like June Cleaver; she was as far as the program showed a good mother and a respectful wife who successfully managed a household and raised two boys to manhood. But she was not all narcissistic and independent and so they assume she was enslaved and demeaned. Likewise they, feminists say they fear being “Stepford wives” yet those so called Stepford wives delighted their husbands in full submission and raised successful families. But they apparently lost the will to disobey, kinda like the redeemed will be in glory, and the feminists are terrified that they will their will to oppose their husbands. Sarah as described in 1 Pe 3 is the biblical Stepford wife and she is commended for the very thing “christian” feminists despise.

    Patriarchy is the Biblical pattern, it is the character of the God-head, it is the picture of the Gospel and it is the most family building structure possible. The fear of patriarchy is not just its abuse, but its success.

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