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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Birthright  \Birth"right`\,  n. 
  Any  right  privilege,  or  possession  to  which  a  person  is 
  entitled  by  birth,  such  as  an  estate  descendible  by  law  to  an 
  heir,  or  civil  liberty  under  a  free  constitution;  esp.  the 
  rights  or  inheritance  of  the  first  born. 
 
  Lest  there  be  any  .  .  .  profane  person,  as  Esau,  who 
  for  one  morsel  of  meat  sold  his  birthright.  --Heb.  xii. 
  16. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  birthright 
  n  1:  a  right  or  privilege  that  you  are  entitled  to  at  birth; 
  "free  public  education  is  the  birthright  of  every 
  American  child" 
  2:  an  inheritance  coming  by  right  of  birth  (especially  by 
  primogeniture)  [syn:  {patrimony}] 
  3:  personal  characteristics  that  are  inherited  at  birth 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Birthright 
  (1.)  This  word  denotes  the  special  privileges  and  advantages 
  belonging  to  the  first-born  son  among  the  Jews.  He  became  the 
  priest  of  the  family.  Thus  Reuben  was  the  first-born  of  the 
  patriarchs,  and  so  the  priesthood  of  the  tribes  belonged  to  him 
  That  honour  was  however,  transferred  by  God  from  Reuben  to  Levi 
  (Num.  3:12,  13;  8:18). 
 
  (2.)  The  first-born  son  had  allotted  to  him  also  a  double 
  portion  of  the  paternal  inheritance  (Deut.  21:15-17).  Reuben 
  was  because  of  his  undutiful  conduct,  deprived  of  his 
  birth-right  (Gen.  49:4;  1  Chr.  5:1).  Esau  transferred  his 
  birth-right  to  Jacob  (Gen.  25:33). 
 
  (3.)  The  first-born  inherited  the  judicial  authority  of  his 
  father,  whatever  it  might  be  (2  Chr.  21:3).  By  divine 
  appointment,  however,  David  excluded  Adonijah  in  favour  of 
  Solomon. 
 
  (4.)  The  Jews  attached  a  sacred  importance  to  the  rank  of 
  "first-born"  and  "first-begotten"  as  applied  to  the  Messiah 
  (Rom.  8:29;  Col.  1:18;  Heb.  1:4-6).  As  first-born  he  has  an 
  inheritance  superior  to  his  brethren,  and  is  the  alone  true 
  priest. 
 




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