At 21:50 06/02/2005, Mike Weatherley wrote:
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>After all, the Anglo-Saxons were thought
>to be Wodenists when they arrived in Britain, so they would
>not have had a word of their own for 'church'.
Interesting you should mention that The dictionaries say that 'church' and
its north European analogues come from the Greek for (house of the) Lord
(cf kyrie), in other words that the pagan north Europeans adopted a Greek
term for a building for Christian use. From the spread of the word in
various old north and central European languages this adoption is supposed
to have taken place before or about the time of the AS invasions, but how
that can have happened is a puzzle. So the Wodenists did have a word of
their own for Christian buildings, and it was (the ancestor of)
'church'. Are there any linguists out there still following this thread
who can give us the modern thinking on this? It does belie the picture of
the AS moving like invaders from Mars into a culture of which they had no ken.
Ecclesia is a Greek word too (= assembly, used in the New Testament for a
Christian group), but presumably it was adopted into Latin for a Christian
building long before the Romans left. That's assuming they did leave - is
anything certain any more?
(only a physicist, and happy to be corrected by the professionals)
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