The word "church" is far less pagan than many Messianics teach. Sixty seven percent or two thirds of its letters (4 out of 6: "c-h-u-r") come straight from the Ancient Hebrew word "KUR" [koor] which simply means "examine". The Modern English word "church" came from the Old English word "cirice"; which came from the West Germanic word "kirika"; which came from the Biblical Greek words "kuriake" and "kuriakon" (rooted in "kurios" [Master/Lord/Examiner]); which, finally, came from the Ancient Hebrew "KUR" [koor]—which simply means "examine: to look deeply". The Assembly/Church is both: currently being examined (judged) by IEUE and IEUESHUO (our Examiners: IEUE being the chief Examiner [Judge]) (ICHaZaQaAL Ezekiel 20:35) (1 ABaN 1 Peter 4:17)—as well as examining and researching ScripTURE like good Bereans (Acts 17:11), and monarchs (MaSHaLI Proverbs 25:2) to come.
The Word-History (Etymology) of the Word "Church"—from KUR to CHURch
1) The Modern English word church (CH-U-R-ch [Ancient-Hebrew-derived letters capitalised from here on.]).
2) Came from the Old English (OE) word cirice (C-i-R-i-C-e) (Online Etymology Dictionary: Church).
3) Which came from the West Germanic (W. Gmc.) word kirika (K-i-R-i-K-a) (Online Etymology Dictionary: Church).
4) Which came from the Biblical Greek words: κύριακη (kuriake) (K-U-R-I-a-k-e, Revelation 1:10) and κύριακον (kuriakon) (K-U-R-I-a-k-o-n, 1 Corinthians 11:20)—via the Goths (Online Etymology Dictionary: Church). Both of these words mean "Lord's" (Strong's G2960)—or "Belonging to the Lord" (G2960, Blue Letter Bible). "Gk [Greek]. kyriakon (adj.) "of the Lord" was used of houses of Christian worship since c.300, especially in the East" (Online Etymology Dictionary: Church). The Biblical Greek word for Master/Lord (G2962) is κύριος (kurios): which the Blue Letter Bible says is the root word of kuriake and kuriakon. The four letters equivalent to KURI are common to all three words: kurios, kuriake, and kuriakon; indicating these (four) letters are the older root (or close to the older root) of the words.
5) Which came from the Ancient Hebrew word KUR [koor] (K-U-R [from כור], H952, Ancient Hebrew Lexicon of the Bible AHLB#: 1250-J (V)—[defectively spelled as בּוּר [BUR] in the Westminster Lengingrad Codex (Hebrew Bible)]). KUR in the personal abstract (related to people) sense means "Examine: To look deeply" (AHLB). It is a child root word from the parent root K-R (said as KaR) which means: bowl in the primal concrete sense, or dig in the functional action sense; when a person examines something they look deeply at something like someone digging the ground. Both the English word curious and the German words kurios (exactly equivalent transliterally to the Greek κύριος [kurios]) mean curious; in addition the German words kuriosum and kuriosität both mean curiosity. Another word (a synonym) for curious in English is examine.
Both modern English and German are languages that evolved out of Ancient Hebrew. Over 90% of the words in the English language are derived from Hebrew. This is because the Jews are not the only Israelites—the 10 lost tribes (Northern House) of ISHaRaAL (Israel) settled in the West after their exile to ASHUR (Assyria). English is the most popular major SHaMitic (Semitic) language spoken by bloodline ISHaRaLI (Israelites) today (above Arabic, Greek, Jewish Hebrew and Syriac Aramaic); also English is spoken by 60 times more people on Earth than Modern Jewish Hebrew. For more see the home page section "Euro Ancient Hebrew—Ancient Hebrew Alphabet and Pronunciation Was More Like English and Greek—than Jewish Hebrew, Syriac Aramaic and Arabic"—or for just the articles in that section Euro Ancient Hebrew.
Article Last Updated Jan 23, 2012.
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