etymological (social?) origins of PATRIARCHY:

“Names of Christian dignitaries were in early days taken sometimes from

civil life (episkopos, diakonos), sometimes borrowed from the Jews

(presbyteros). The name patriarch is one of the latter class. Bishops

of special dignity were called patriarchs just as deacons were called…

levites, because their place corresponded by analogy to those in the

Old Law. All such titles became official titles, only gradually. At

first they were used loosely as names of honour without any strict

connotation; but in all such cases the reality existed before any

special name was used.”

SO THATS what all those funny words on the outsides of differently designed churches mean, ever wonder?

Patriarchy is a social system in which the father or eldest male is head of the household, having authority over women and children. Patriarchy also refers to a system of government by males, and to the dominance of men in social or cultural systems. …
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