A term referring to physical or spiritual kinship. Marriages were prohibited with one’s full or half sister (Lev 18). Yet “sister” is used for the beloved in (Song 4:9-11), perhaps referring to fictive kinship ties. Members of Jesus’s circle were “brother, sister, and mother” (Matt 12:50). The co-worker Phoebe was Paul’s metaphorical or figurative “sister” (Rom 16:1); young women in the churches of the pastoral Letters of the NT were also called “sisters” (1Tim 5:2).
1The Lord spoke to Moses, saying:2Speak to the people of Israel and say to them: I am the Lord your God.3You shall not do as they do in the lan ... View more
9You have ravished my heart, my sister, my bride,
you have ravished my heart with a glance of your eyes,
with one jewel of your necklace.10How sweet is your lov ... View more
50For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”
1I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon of the church at Cenchreae,
2to older women as mothers, to younger women as sisters—with absolute purity.