Dictionary Mode: easton:Brother
Brother @ (1.) In the natural and common sense Matthew:1:2; Luke:3:1 Luke:3:19). (2.) A near relation, a cousin Genesis:13:8 Genesis: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 Acts:11:29; 1Corinthians:5:11); whence the early disciples of our Lord were known to each other as brethren. (6.) A colleague in office Ezra:3:2; 1Corinthians:1:1; 2Corinthians:1:1). (7.) A fellow-man Genesis:9:5 Genesis:19:7; Matthew:5:22-23, 24; 7:5; Hebrews:2:17). (8.) One beloved or closely united with another in affection ( 2Samuel:1:26; Acts:6:3; 1Thessalonians:5:1). Brethren of Jesus Matthew:1:25 Matthew:12:46 Matthew:12:50: Mark:3:31-32; Galatians:1:19; 1Corinthians: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.
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