Brother אח
(901 words)

I. Name

Heb. ʾāḥ, ‘brother’, represents a primitive Semitic noun, of unknown etymology. The term refers to a biological brother or half-brother, a male member of comparable standing in a kinship group, or a male member of a larger community, such as Israel. In the ancient Near East, ‘brother’ also occurs as a theophoric element in personal names (Fowler 1988:46–48, 280–281, 301–302).

II. Identity

Although the terms ‘father’ and ‘mother’ are common divine epithets in the biblical world with…

Cite this page
H. B. Huffmon, “Brother אח”, in: Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online, Edited by: Karel van der Toorn, Bob Becking, Pieter W. van der Horst. Consulted online on 20 January 2019 <>

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