patriarch pā´trēärk [key], in biblical tradition, one of the antediluvian progenitors of the race as given in Genesis (e.g., Seth ) or one of the ancestors of the Jews (e.g., Abraham , Isaac , Jacob , and, sometimes, the sons of Jacob). The Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs is the name of one of the Pseudepigrapha .
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