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The American Church Dictionary and Cycopedia

Elder

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This is the English translation of the Greek word Presbuteros, meaning Presbyter or Priest, the title of one admitted to the second Order of the Ministry. It has been pointed out that "in Scriptural usage and in Church History such a person as a lay Elder is an impossible person; the words contradict each other. The first hint of such an office was given by Calvin." (See PRIEST.)

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Miller, William James. Entry for 'Elder'. The American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/acd/e/elder.html. 1901.

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