Re: Colossians 1 questions

From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Fri Apr 03 1998 - 14:01:02 EST

At 7:06 PM -0600 4/3/98, Ben Crick wrote:
>On Fri 3 Apr 98 (20:13:48 +0800), wrote:
>> The objection to "brothers and sisters" is usually made on
>> grounds of being 'too cumbersome' to have three words always
>> but it is normal practice with some North Asian languages
>> with a lot of binary character vocabulary to automatically
>> think of rendering one word => two/three/four in English.
> What a pity we don't have an English equivalent to the German /Geschwister/.
> Could we coin a new word, "Bristers" or "Bristren"?

We have "siblings," and it's not a very comfortable word for a pastor to
address his congregation with.

Carl W. Conrad
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