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Question 12.44:
In the times of the Torah, was a son equal in stature to the father?


No. In Tanakh, people stand (or fall) on their own merits. The upbringing they had may be considered in looking at how far they've come, but no one automatically makes a son equal in stature to the father. As proof: look at Yishma'el and Esav, Moshe's childrens were nobodies, etc...

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