brothers and sisters

From: Wayne Leman (
Date: Sun Feb 13 2000 - 12:32:16 EST

>>Hello everybody,
>>this may be a problem that mostly occurs in german bibletranslations.
Storch, the same problem occurs in English and every other language that
uses the masculine word as the gender-neutral word in *some* contexts.
>>I had a discussion about the translation of ADELFOI. The word is used very
>>frequently in the letters of Paul, James and John is usually translated as
>>"Bruder" (brothers). A friend of mine was told by a pastor (and so far
>>studied greek) that a better translation would be "Geschwister" (brothers
>>and Sisters). He said that the plural of ADELFOS could be translated both
>>"brothers" and "brothers and sisters".
>>Is this correct?
Yes, in those contexts where it is clear that Paul is not speaking to men
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