leonardjayawardena wrote:So it appears that there are no single words for "step-brother" and "step-sister" in ancient Greek. Are there cases in classical or later Greek (without Semitic influence) where a step-brother or step-sister is referred to as simply ἀδελφὸς or adelphē, respectively (with οὐχ ὁμοπάτριος or οὐχ ὁμομήτριος omitted)?
My particular interest is the use of ἀδελφὸς in Mark 6:17, where Phillip is called Herod's 'brother," whereas in fact he was the latter's step-brother. I am interested in establishing whether the use of ἀδελφὸς in this verse to refer to a step-brother (assuming "Mark" meant a step-brother) falls within the classical Greek usage/idiom and so no Semitic influence need be seen here.
leonardjayawardena wrote:A correction.
Please amend all references to brother/s, sister/s, siblings in my posts under this thread prefixed with "step" to read with the prefix "half." I meant to write "half'-" throughout. I regret this error.
Stephen Hughes wrote:I'm not clear about the difference. Do you mean those having at least one parent in common?
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