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More than four centuries after Abraham, his descendants had still preserved the Eldership. For the Elders of Israel gathered together as a "Session of older men" (or Gerousia) — even when themselves enslaved in Egypt.
11 Thus, also while in servitude, they yet exercised religiously-grounded functions of a socio-political nature. Indeed, at their very redemption from slavery — while Moses and Aaron ministered the Word and Sacrament, it was the Elders who distributed the elements of the Passover Lamb to its recipients — and who thus promoted that act of divine worship.12