Origin of English word ECCLESIASTES

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The word ECCLESIASTES is addressed in the entry: ECCLESIASTIC

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The heading or featured word means “church related,” an ECCLESIASTIC is a clergyman, and ECCLESIASTES is the Biblical book by “the preacher” in Writings (ascribed to King Solomon). That book is   קהלת QoHeLe(S) or QoHeLeT in Hebrew,  קהל since QaHaL is a COLLECTED or COLLEGIATE gathering, such as for religious services. KoL means all. See ELECT.

The Indo-European “root” also focuses on KL, but chooses kele-2 (to shout). The audible KL words are ultimately from   קול QOAL (voice, call—Genesis 27:22, louder at the CALL entry, which has an Indo-European “root” gal (to call, shout).

While this   ק-ל Koof-Lamed root words may suffice, there are far more ecclesiastical Semitic etymons. Kanisa is the Arabic for a Christian church, and Karaite synagogues were called a   כניסה KiNeeY$aH.  The Modern Hebrew synagogue is a   בית כנסת BayT K’Ne$eT or כנסת  K’Ne$eS. An L - from - N is beyond Grimms’ Laws, but L and Noon are mirror look-alikes   – see  a list in Appendix A.  This root became appropriate for a communal gathering or worshipping place because    כנס KiNa$ means to enter or gather (Exodus 8:13, Esther 4:16). The similar  גנז GaNaZ (Ezekiel 27:24) means to gather or hide – see treasury or storehouse terms in Hebrew, Russian and Japanese at JANUARY.


Some of the less absurd cognates of ECCLIASTIC at the Indo-European “root” kele-2 (to shout) include CALENDAR, CLAIM, CLAMOR, CONCILIATE, COUNCIL, DECLAIR and NOMENCLATOR. The more difficult ones include CLAIRVOYANCE, CLEAR, ECLAIRE, HALL and CLASS. As for this entry’s primary etymon, many members of the Israeli KNESSET (parliament) wouldn’t enter or gather to worship anywhere. KiNee$aH (entrance) is seen in Finnish sisankaytava (entrance), when the S-K element is reversed. In the Indonesian masuk element, there is a metathesis, as well as a shift of nasals. In church words, French eglisse, Spanish iglesia, Turkish kilise and Modern Greek eklisi’a are clearly in the same pew as our entry.  Swahili kanisa echoes the Arabic, reinforcing a Semitic origin.

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