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Her Firstborn Son

  While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. Luke 2, 6-7 Primogeniture is the right, by Jewish law or custom, of the legitimate, firstborn son ( bekhor ) to inherit his parents' entire or principal estate in preference to daughters, younger sons, stepsons, and illegitimate sons. Even the son of a deceased elder brother inherits before a surviving younger brother of his father by right of substitution of the deceased heir. The legal, social, and religious features of this institution were reflected in the norms and practices of ancient Hebrew society. Mosaic law granted the firstborn male a privileged status with respect to the rights of inheritance and cultic regulations. A son might also refer to his own status as a firstborn son when addressing his father (Gen. 27:19, 32). The composition of Biblical genealogies

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