Could someone please explain to me what is the difference in meaning between heritage and inheritance and give an example of each? Thank you
Both "heritage" and "inheritance" refer to things that you get from your parents or ancestors or others you have some association with, after their deaths. "Inheritance", when used literally, refers to money, real estate, or other tangible property. "Heritage" refers to intangible things, like ideals, knowledge, and moral standards.
For example, you might say, "My inheritance from my grandfather included $50,000 and a house in Virginia." But, "Our founding fathers left us a heritage of liberty and justice."
The verb "inherit" can be used for either idea. "I inherited my father's antique car collection." Or, "I inherited my father's love of baseball."
Heritage is something that comes or belongs to one by reason of birth or heritage can refer to practices that are passed down through the years, from one generation to the next. While Inheritance is something that has quality, characteristics, or other immaterial possession, received from progenitors or predecessors.
I think heritage is deeper in meaning. It really has to do with the ideals, morals, way of living, godly or otherwise attributes passed down the line from one generation to another, while inheritance could mean material things inherited or equally passed down the line. Joshua passed down heritage in Joshua 24:15b. That was good.
By reason of birth do you possess a Heritage, by reason of death do you possess an Inheritance. Both Heritage and Inheritance can be material or immaterial possessions (the sun, moon, and stars are a heritage), but there is a more etheral quality to your Heritage and a more concrete quality to your Inheritance.