Family relationships were important to the Hebrews. Members of the same tribe felt their kinship and derived themselves from a common ancestor. Wives were taken from among their own kindred (Gen. 24: 38 ff.). There were obligations on kinsmen; for example, the brother of a man dying without issue was to marry the widow and raise up a son for him (Deut. 25: 5 ff.; Matt. 22: 25 ff.) and a kinsman was bound to redeem the property of a bankrupt relative (Lev. 25: 25 ff.).
Subjects: Biblical Studies.