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Encyclopedia > Patriarchs
See Patriarchs (Bible) for details about Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob of the Book of Genesis in the Hebrew Bible.

Originally a patriarch is a man who exercises autocratic authority over an extended family.


Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are referred to as the three patriarchs of Judaism, and the period in which they lived is called the patriarchal period.


The word has also taken on other meanings. In particular, the highest-ranking bishops in Eastern Orthodoxy, Oriental Orthodoxy, the Roman Catholic Church, and the Assyrian Church of the East are called patriarchs.


In Mormonism, a patriarch is one who has been ordained to the office of Patriarch in the Melchizedek Priesthood. The term is considered synonymous with the term evangelist. One of the patriarch's primary responsibilities is to give Patriarchal blessings. In the main branch of Mormonism, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Patriarchs are typically assigned in each stake.


Current Patriarchs in the Roman Catholic Church:

Historical Patriarchs in the Roman Catholic Church, suppressed in 1964:

Current Patriarchs in the Eastern Orthodox Communion in order of precedence:

Current Patriarchs in Oriental Orthodox Churches:

Patriarchs in Nestorian Churches:

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Ecumenical Patriarch - definition of Ecumenical Patriarch in Encyclopedia (426 words)
The Patriarch of Constantinople is the Ecumenical Patriarch, the "first among equals" in the Eastern Orthodox Communion.
His titular position is Patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Constantinople, one of the sixteen autocephalous Churches, and he is one of the original four Eastern Orthodox patriarchs.
Within Roman Catholic administration, it was not until the Roman Catholic Fourth Lateran Council in 1215 that the Latin Patriarch of Constantinople was recognized as having such status; in 1439 the Council of Florence (not recognized by the Orthodox Church as ecumenical) gave it to the Greek patriarch.
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