Biblical Church Government – Part 4

All words for Elder in the original Biblical languages, imply dignity and maturity.   In the Hebrew, we find the Elder described by words such as "the bearded one" (zaaqeen)6 — and even "the gray-headed one" (saab).7  

Also as "controller" or "noble" (choor and naadiyb and razan); as "teacher" (rab); as "official" or "prince"or "ruler" (şaar); or as "prefects" and  "rulers" (seganiym).   Several Elders sat and ruled simultaneously as a Gerousia (or a "Session of older males"), and also as a Sanhedrin (or a "Council in session").