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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
In the New Testament "birthright," prototokia, is mentioned only once (Heb 12:16), where the reference is to Esau. In various passages where our Lord is spoken of as the firstborn, as in Col 1:15-19; Heb 1:2, the association of ideas with the Old Testament conception of birthright is easy to trace.
See also FIRSTBORN; FAMILY; HEIR; INHERITANCE; LAW.