Origin of presbyter
Examples from the Web for presbyter
And the presbyter who had received them with hospitality, said to him, "What shall I do, for I have no fish?"
The diaconate, the presbyter, priest or elder, and the επισκοπος or bishop.Mysticism and its Results|John Delafield
The original text has here this interpolation, 'who was the presbyter nanda at that time,' of course bracketed by the editor.The Gtakaml|rya Sra
By "presbyter," or "elder," Papias means not an officer in the Church, but a man of an older generation.The Literature and History of New Testament Times|J. Gresham (John Gresham) Machen
The presbyter laid by the book,And earnestly he prayed That the great sin the cat had doneMight not on him be laid.The Book of Humorous Verse|Various
British Dictionary definitions for presbyter
- an elder of a congregation in the early Christian Church
- (in some Churches having episcopal politics) an official who is subordinate to a bishop and has administrative, teaching, and sacerdotal functions
- a teaching elder
- a ruling elder
Word Origin for presbyter
Word Origin and History for presbyter
"elder of the Christian church," 1590s, from Late Latin presbyter, used for "a priest" in Jerome and Prudentius, from Greek presbyteros "older," comparative of presbys "old; old man" (see presby-).