Under the patriarchs the property of a father was divided among the sons of his legitimate wives ( Genesis 21:10 ; 24:36 ; 25:5 ), the eldest son getting a larger portion than the rest. The Mosaic law made specific regulations regarding the transmission of real property, which are given in detail in Deuteronomy 21:17 ; Numbers 27:8 ; 36:6 ; 27:9-11 . Succession to property was a matter of right and not of favour. Christ is the "heir of all things" ( Hebrews 1:2 ; Colossians 1:15 ). Believers are heirs of the "promise," "of righteousness," "of the kingdom," "of the world," "of God," "joint heirs" with Christ ( Galatians 3:29 ; Hebrews 6:17 ; 11:7 ; James 2:5 ; Romans 4:13 ; 8:17 ).
M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.
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Bibliography InformationEaston, Matthew George. "Entry for Heir". "Easton's Bible Dictionary".