The Correct Meaning of the Word “Church”
Let’s start by defining the word. “Church” comes from the Old English and German word pronounced “kirché.” In Scotland, it was “kirk.”
The following entries are from the Oxford Universal English Dictionary:
Church [Old English cirice, circe; Middle English chereche, chiriche, chirche; whence churche, cherche, etc.: –Greek kuriakón…]
Kirk The Northern English and Scottish form of CHURCH, in all its senses.
In the earlier Greek it was pronounced “ku-ri-á-kos” or “ku-ri-á-kon.” As you can see, this word doesn’t even resemble the Greek word “ecclesia” whose place it has usurped.
The meaning of “ku-ri-á-kos” is understood by its root: “kú-ri-os,” which means “lord.” Thus, “kuriakos” (i.e., “church”) means “pertaining to the lord.” It refers to something that pertains to, or belongs to, a lord.
The Greek “kuriakos” eventually came to be used in Old English form as “cirice” (kee-ree-ké), then…
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