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Presbyter/Presbytery
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I. New Testament

Social structures that entrusted older individuals with functions on behalf of the community were widespread in the ancient Mediterranean world. In the memory of Israel, they were particularly important in the early history of the people (Num 11– 1 Sam 30:26ff.; 2 Sam 2:4; 12:17; Elders in the Old Testament). Their entrustment with local and regi…

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Karrer, Martin, Hauschild, Wolf-Dieter, Lindner, Herbert and Germann, Michael, “Presbyter/Presbytery”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 12 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_024463>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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