“Churches” or “Temples” in Acts 19:37?
The English word “church” refers to congregations or places of worship, Pagan or Christian. For example, the Church of Scientology is not a Christian Church. Furthermore, “church,” being derived from the Old English “cirice,” which is in turn derived from the Greek “kyrie” (lord), denotes a place dedicated for a lord (Oxford English Dictionary). This “church” in Acts 19:37 is a church of Diana, the lady lord of the Pagan Ephesians.
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