5704 inheritance, material
Family property was normally handed down in biblical times through sons, with a special place for the firstborn. The land of Israel was regarded as the nation’s inheritance.
Inheritance of family property
Servants could inherit Ge 15:2-3
Inheritance before death Lk 15:11-12 The son’s asking for his inheritance is perhaps to be seen as an insult.
Stewardship of one’s own inheritance
It must not be fought over Lk 12:13-15
Respect for the inheritance of others
The land as Israel’s inheritance
It was allotted to the tribes Jos 14:1-5
God’s judgment on the nations Jer 12:14-17
God renewed his promises Ps 69:34-36 The Jews did return to the land; some look, however, for a further fulfilment of these promises in the future; others see them as fulfilled in Jesus Christ. See also Isa 57:13; Isa 58:13-14; Isa 61:7; Isa 65:9; Zec 8:12
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