brother (fellow Christian)

The Greek that is translated in English as “brother” (in the sense of a fellow Christian) is translated with a specifically coined word in Kachin: “There are two terms for brother in Kachin. One is used to refer to a Christian brother. This term combines ‘older and younger brother.’ The other term is used specifically for addressing siblings. When one uses this term, one must specify if the older or younger person is involved. A parallel system exists for ‘sister’ as well. In [these verses], the term for ‘a Christian brother’ is used.” (Source: Gam Seng Shae)

In Martu Wangka it is translated as “relative” (this is also the term that is used for “follower”.) (Source: Carl Gross)

See also brothers.

complete verse (Romans 16:17)

Following are a number of back-translations of Romans 16:17:

  • Uma: “Relatives! I really warn you to be careful of people who make divisions and who want to make you fall with their teaching(s) that are at-odds with the teaching that was taught to us. Stay-far-from people like that!” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “My brothers, I beg/adjure you to be observant/careful, because there will be people who want to divide/separate you so that you are not in harmony/don’t get along. They also want to influence (you) to divert/separate you so that you no longer trust Isa Almasi because they oppose the teaching about Isa Almasi which has been taught to you. Avoid them.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “Brothers, I beg you that you be on your guard; avoid those people who disturb you believers in your oneness and in your believing, for they disobey the true doctrine which was taught to you.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “Please-be-so-kind my-brothers as to beware of people who cause-you -to-separate and who turn-aside your faith because of what they teach that is contrary to the correct-things that you learned back before. Distance yourselves from them.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “Listen my brothers, I tell you that you be very careful. Because there are some who only want to have wars. They separate people until they spoil the word. These people do not look well upon the word which has been taught to you. Don’t associate with these who make wars.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)