Re: Colossians 1 questions

From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Thu Apr 02 1998 - 13:05:06 EST

At 10:39 AM -0600 4/2/98, Jonathan Robie wrote:
>At 04:41 AM 4/2/98 -0600, Carl W. Conrad wrote:
>>Maybe it's
>>silly, but personally, I've never really liked using the archaic "brethren"
>>for ADELFOI in the special Christian sense.
>Well, I dislike "siblings" as a translation... I use brethren as a
>gender-neutral form of "brothers", which reflects my understanding of ADELFOI.

Why is "brethren" really any more "gender-neutral" than "brothers"?
Personally I wouldn't hesitate to use "brothers and sisters," because my
understanding of the usage is that the masculine word is intended to be
inclusive in the Greek. At any rate, I think there might be some difficulty
defending the proposition that ADELFOI is exclusively masculine in
reference in this usage.

Carl W. Conrad
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