In each Gospel Jesus calls upon His followers to love their fellow humans, though the context varies: love your neighbor as yourself (Mark 12: 28-31), love one another (John 13:34-35, Luke 10), love your enemies (Matthew 5). After His resurrection His asks disciples if they love Him as well.
There were many different words for love in Greek and in other languages. Is there a word commonly used in the Greek texts for these passages and, if so, does anybody know how well it translates from Hebrew or Aramaic to Greek? I’m assuming it’s the one most akin to ‘brotherly love’ but I don’t know that.
Kurt Vonnegut once wrote a piece about how the word ‘respect’ should be substituted for ‘love’, which was impossible to do to a stranger and was immaterial to him (Vonnegut) anyway: he’d rather have a stranger’s respect than love and in the same piece said that he’s positive there have been moments when his wives didn’t love him but if they stopped respecting him it would have been unbearable. I’m curious if the word for ‘love’ may be closer in meaning to ‘respect’.