Word: pathr

Pronounce: pat-ayr'

Strongs Number: G3962

Orig: apparently a primary word; a "father" (literally or figuratively, near or more remote):--father, parent.

Use: TDNT-5:945,805 Noun Masculine

Heb Strong: H1 H1730 H1733 H7223

    1) generator or male ancestor
    1a) either the nearest ancestor: father of the corporeal nature, natural fathers, both parents
    1b) a more remote ancestor, the founder of a family or tribe, progenitor of a people, forefather: so Abraham is called, Jacob and David
    1b1) fathers i.e. ancestors, forefathers, founders of a nation
    1c) one advanced in years, a senior
    2) metaph.
    2a) the originator and transmitter of anything
    2a1) the authors of a family or society of persons animated by the same spirit as himself
    2a2) one who has infused his own spirit into others, who actuates and governs their minds
    2b) one who stands in a father's place and looks after another in a paternal way
    2c) a title of honour
    2c1) teachers, as those to whom pupils trace back the knowledge and training they have received
    2c2) the members of the Sanhedrin, whose prerogative it was by virtue of the wisdom and experience in which they excelled, to take charge of the interests of others
    3) God is called the Father
    3a) of the stars, the heavenly luminaries, because he is their creator, upholder, ruler
    3b) of all rational and intelligent beings, whether angels or men, because he is their creator, preserver, guardian and protector
    3b1) of spiritual beings and of all men
    3c) of Christians, as those who through Christ have been exalted to a specially close and intimate relationship with God, and who no longer dread him as a stern judge of sinners, but revere him as their reconciled and loving Father
    3d) the Father of Jesus Christ, as one whom God has united to himself in the closest bond of love and intimacy, made acquainted with his purposes, appointed to explain and carry out among men the plan of salvation, and made to share also in his own divine nature
    3d1) by Jesus Christ himself
    3d2) by the apostles