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Brotherhood
Brotherhood of Man • Fraternity
Dictionaries
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
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Brotherhood
Brotherhood [Heb. ’aḥawa (Zec. 11:14); Gk. adelphótēs (1 Pet. 2:17; 5:9); occurs also (RSV) for Heb. ’āḥ (Am. 1:9) and Gk. adelphoí (1 Cor. 6:5)]; AV also BRETHREN, “brotherly”; NEB also KINSHIP, “brother Christian.” The rare occurrence of the term in contrast with the abundant use of “brother,”
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
Brother, Brotherhood
Brother, BrotherhoodThe two great commandments, to love God and to love one another, address the divine and human categories of biblical relationship. Human loves such as marriage and friendship assume exclusive, intimate, volitional relationships; even love of neighbor implies a face-to-face act of
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
BROTHERHOOD
BROTHERHOOD<bruth’-er-hood>: The rare occurrence of the term (only Zechariah 11:14 and 1 Peter 2:17) in contrast with the abundant use of “brother,” “brethren,” seems to indicate that the sense of the vital relation naturally called for the most concrete expression: “the brethren.” But in
Ecclesiastical Dictionary: Containing, in Concise Form, Information upon Ecclesiastical, Biblical, Archæological, and Historical Subjects
Archconfraternity
Archconfraternity.—As the name indidicates, this is, in the Church, a chief confraternity, having other confraternities affiliated with it, and endowed with special privileges. See Confraternity.
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
Brotherhood
BROTHERHOOD.—The word (ἀδελφότης) does not occur at all in the Gospels, and is found only twice in the NT (1 P 2:17 and 5:9). The idea, however, is common and of very great importance.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Brotherhood
BROTHERHOOD, bruthʹẽr-hŏŏd: The rare occurrence of the term (only Zec 11:14 and 1 Pet 2:17) in contrast with the abundant use of “brother,” “brethren,” seems to indicate that the sense of the vital relation naturally called for the most concrete expression: “the brethren.” But in 1 Pet 2:17 the abstract
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
BROTHER
BROTHER, BROTHERHOOD [אָחakh; ἀδελφός adelphos, ἀδελφότης adelphōtēs]. Siblings (brothers and sisters [akhoth אָחוֹת‎; adelphai ἀδελφαί]) had important functions within antiquity’s family systems. Central sibling obligations were to strive for harmony, to offer mutual social and practical support,
Key passages
1 Pe 2:17

Honor all people, love the community of believers, fear God, honor the king.

1 Pe 5:9

Resist him, steadfast in your faith, because you know the same kinds of sufferings are being accomplished by your community of believers in the world.