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FIRST-BORN (בְּכֹר, H1147, πρωτότοκος, G4758, meaning first in sequence to be born or, fig., first in rank, preeminent).

Bibliography J. B. Lightfoot, Saint Paul’s Epistles to the Colossians and to Philemon (1900); R. deVaux, Ancient Israel (1961), 41, 42.