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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Brother
Brother (אָח‎, ach; ἀδελφος, adelphos). A male sibling; used figuratively in reference to close friends, equals in status, and members of a religious or spiritual community.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Brother, Brotherhood (NT)
BROTHER, BROTHERHOOD (NT) [Gk adelphos (ἀδελφος), adelphotēs (ἀδελφοτης)]. Adelphos is a compound term formed from the copulative prefix a and from delphus, “the womb,” which gives the meaning “one born from the same womb.” Adelphos and the feminine form, adelphē, are used first to speak of physical
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Brother
Brother. Man or boy in his relationship to the other children of his parents; also a close male friend or fellow member of the same race, creed, profession, organization, and the like; a kinsman.In the OT the Hebrew word translated “brother” describes the relationship between male children who have
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Brother
Brother [Heb. ’āḥ; Gk. adelphós]. Besides the usual literal meaning, “brother” is used extensively in both the OT and NT of other relations and relationships. Abram’s nephew Lot is termed “brother” (Gen. 14:14); Moses’ fellow countrymen are “brethren” (Acts 3:22; cf. He. 7:5). It may indicate a member
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Brother
BROTHER Man or boy in his relationship to the other children of his parents; also a close male friend or fellow member of the same race, creed, profession, organization, and the like; a kinsman.In the OT the Hebrew word translated “brother” describes the relationship between male children who have at
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Brother
brother, a male blood relative, typically a sibling, but the term may also be used of a close male associate. Cain and Abel are blood brothers (Gen. 4:9), as are Jacob and Esau (Gen. 25:26) and Simon and Andrew (Mark 1:16). Much is made of the pattern of the younger brother superseding the elder; Abel
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Brother
BROTHER. This term is used extensively in Scripture to express a wide variety of relationships. The natural use has reference to a blood relationship, whether immediate or remote: (1) sons of the same parents or parent (Gen 43:29; Gal 1:19); (2) near relatives (Gen 29:15); (3) fellow tribesmen (Num 16:10);
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Brother
BrotherA designation for social relationships, sometimes familial, sometimes political. Cain and Abel are familial brothers, but the term (Heb. ʾāḥ/ʾaḥɩ̂m) also relates to their economic roles as farmer and shepherd within agrarian society (Gen. 4). The story of Esau and Jacob is one of family, but
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Brother
Brother (Heb. ˒aḥ; Gk. adelphós). In its basic sense the term designates male siblings, whether of the same parents (e.g., Abel and Cain, Gen. 4:2, 8), the same father (Joseph and Benjamin, 35:24; 42:15), or the same mother (Shimea, Shobah, Nathan, and Solomon, 1 Chr. 3:5). “Brother” can also designate
Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible
Brother
BROTHER אחI. Heb ʾāḥ, ‘brother’, represents a primitive Semitic noun, of unknown etymology. The term refers to a biological brother or half-brother, a male member of comparable standing in a kinship group, or a male member of a larger community, such as Israel. In the ancient Near East, ‘brother’
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Brother
BROTHER (Hebrew ʾāḥ; Greek adelphos) In modern English, “brother” usually means a male sibling born of the same father and mother. In the Bible, however, the term has a wide range of meanings. Broadly, it means a male “kinsman.” It often means a son of the same mother and father, but the word is also
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Brother
Brother. The Hebrew word is used in various senses in the Old Testament, as,1. Any kinsman, and not a mere brother; e.g., nephew, Gen. 13:8; 14:16; husband, Song. 4:9. 2. One of the same tribe. 2 Sam. 19:13. 3. Of the same people, Ex. 2:11, or even of a cognate people. Num. 20:14. 4. An ally. Amos 1:9.