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Bible Encyclopedias

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

Brotherhood

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bruth´ẽr -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 1 Peter 2:17 the abstract is used for the concrete. In the Old Testament the brotherhood of all Israelites was emphasized; but in the New Testament the brotherhood in Christ is a relation so much deeper and stronger as to eclipse the other. See also BROTHER; BRETHREN .

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Brotherhood'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/b/brotherhood.html. 1915.

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