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Brothers'

The Bible

Bible Usage:

Dictionaries:

  • Included in Eastons: Yes
  • Included in Hitchcocks: No
  • Included in Naves: No
  • Included in Smiths: Yes
  • Included in Websters: Yes
  • Included in Strongs: Yes
  • Included in Thayers: No
  • Included in BDB: Yes

Strongs Concordance:

 

Easton's Bible Dictionary
Brother

1. In the natural and common sense (Matthew 1:2; Luke 3:1, 19).

2. A near relation, a cousin (Genesis 13:8; 14:16; Matthew 12:46; John 7:3; Acts 1:14; Galatians 1:19).

3. Simply a fellow-countryman (Matthew 5:47; Acts 3:22; Hebrews 7:5).

4. A disciple or follower (Matthew 25:40; Hebrews 2:11, 12).

5. One of the same faith (Amos 1:9; Acts 9:30; 11:29; 1 Corinthians 5:11); whence the early disciples of our Lord were known to each other as brethren.

6. A colleague in office (Ezra 3:2; 1 Corinthians 1:1; 2 Corinthians 1:1).

7. A fellow-man (Genesis 9:5; 19:7; Matthew 5:22, 23, 24; 7:5; Hebrews 2:17).

8. One beloved or closely united with another in affection (2 Samuel 1:26; Acts 6:3; 1 Thessalonians 5:1). Brethren of Jesus (Matthew 1:25; 12:46, 50: Mark 3:31, 32; Galatians 1:19; 1 Corinthians 9:5, etc.) were probably the younger children of Joseph and Mary. Some have supposed that they may have been the children of Joseph by a former marriage, and others that they were the children of Mary, the Virgin's sister, and wife of Cleophas. The first interpretation, however, is the most natural.


Naves Topical Index
Brother

Signifies a:

Relative
Genesis 14:16; Genesis 29:12

Neighbor
Deuteronomy 23:7; Judges 21:6; Nehemiah 5:7

Any Israelite
Jeremiah 34:9; Obadiah 1:10

Mankind
Genesis 9:5; Matthew 18:35; 1 John 3:15

Companion
2 Samuel 1:26; 1 Kings 13:30; 1 Kings 20:33

Love of
Proverbs 17:17; Proverbs 18:24; Song of Solomon 8:1

Unfaithful
Proverbs 27:10

Reuben's love for Joseph
Genesis 37:21-22

Joseph's for his brethren
Genesis 43:30-34; Genesis 45:1-5; Genesis 50:19-25

A fraternal epithet, especially among Christians

Instituted by Christ
Matthew 12:50; Matthew 25:40; Hebrews 2:11-12

Used by disciples
Acts 9:17; Acts 21:20; Romans 16:23; 1 Corinthians 7:12; 2 Corinthians 2:13

Used by Peter
1 Peter 1:22

Used among the Israelites
Leviticus 19:17; Deuteronomy 22:1-4

Brother's widow, law concerning Levirate marriage of
Deuteronomy 25:5-10; Matthew 22:24; Mark 12:19; Luke 20:28


Smith's Bible Dictionary
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, (Genesis 13:8; 14:16) husband, (Solomon 4:9)
  2. One of the same tribe. (2 Samuel 19:13)
  3. Of the same people, (Exodus 2:11) or even of a cognate people. (Numbers 20:14)
  4. An ally. (Amos 1:9)
  5. Any friend, (Job 5:15)
  6. One of the same office. (1 Kings 9:13)
  7. A fellow man. (Leviticus 19:17)
  8. Metaphorically of any similarity, as in (Job 30:19) The word adelphos has a similar range of meanings in the New Testament.


Webster's 1828 Dictionary
Brother

BROTHER, noun plural brothers or brethren. [Latin frater.]

1. A human male born of the same father and mother. A male by one of the parents only is called a half-brother, or brother of the half blood.

2. Any one closely united; an associate; as a band of brothers.

3. One that resembles another in manners.

He that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster. Proverbs 18:9.

In scripture, the term brother is applied to a kinsman by blood more remote that a son of the same parents; as in the case of Abraham and Lot, Jacob and Laban. Persons of the same profession call each other brother as judges, clergymen, professors of religion, members of societies united in a common cause, monks and the like.

Kings give to each other the title of brother address their congregations by the title of brethren. In a more general sense, brother or brethren is used for man in general; all men being children of the same primitive ancestors, and forming one race of beings.

BROTHER-german is a brother by the father's and mother's side, in contradistinction to a uterine brother or by the mother only.


Webster's 1828 Dictionary
Brotherhood

BROTH'ERHOOD, noun [brother and hood.] The state or quality of being a brother.

1. An association of men for any purpose, as a society of monks; a fraternity.

2. A class of men of the same kind, profession, or occupation.


Webster's 1828 Dictionary
Brotherless

BROTH'ERLESS, adjective Without a brother.


Webster's 1828 Dictionary
Brotherlike

BROTH'ERLIKE, adjective Becoming a brother.


Webster's 1828 Dictionary
Brotherlove

BROTH'ERLOVE, noun Brotherly affection.


Webster's 1828 Dictionary
Brotherly

BROTH'ERLY, adjective Pertaining to brothers; such as is natural for brothers; becoming brothers; kind; affectionate; as brotherly love.

Shakespeare uses this word as an adverb. 'I speak but brotherly ' But the use is not authorized.


Naves Topical Index
Brotherly Kindness

See Brother; Charitableness; Fellowship; Fraternity; Friendship; Love
Brother; Charitableness; Fellowship; Fraternity; Friendship; Love