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Easton's Bible Dictionary

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Judas, the Lords brother
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Brother's Wife
Fathers' Brother
Husband's Brother
Judas, the Lord's Brother
Wife, Brother's
Greek - brother, brother's, brother's way, brothers
Greek - false brother
Hebrew - brother
Hebrew - father's brother
Hebrew - perform the duty of an husband's brother, duty as a brother-in-law, husband's brother
Hebrew - husband's brother
Hebrew - brother's wife
Hebrew - brother, brotherly, brother with his brothers, brother's, brotherhood, brothers, brothers'
Hebrew - brother, brothers
Brother -

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

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

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

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

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.

  • Copyright Statement
    These dictionary topics are from M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

    Bibliography Information
    Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for 'Brother'". "Easton's Bible Dictionary".
    <>. 1897.

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