Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Patriarch, the title both in the Eastern and in the Latin Church of metropolitan bishops (q.v.) of the highest rank, the Pope only excepted. The title was applied to the heads of the Jewish Sanhedrim after the captivity, and originally to the founders of the Hebrew race - Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and his children - and also to the antediluvian heads of families mentioned in Genesis.