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presbyter (ˈprɛzbɪtə Pronunciation for presbyter



    1. an elder of a congregation in the early Christian Church
    2. (in some Churches having episcopal politics) an official who is subordinate to a bishop and has administrative, teaching, and sacerdotal functions
  1. (in some hierarchical Churches) another name for priest
  2. (in the Presbyterian Church)
    1. a teaching elder
    2. a ruling elder

Word Origin

C16: from Late Latin, from Greek presbuteros an older man, from presbus old man

Example Sentences Including 'presbyter'

If presbyter is what the scripture says, what need is there of bishops and archbishops?
Adam Nicolson GOD'S SECRETARIES: The Making of the King James Bible


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