Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Elder, as the name implies, a man of certain age, who in consequence of his age is supposed to possess wisdom as a result of his experience. The senators of Rome were originally supposed to answer this description. Among the Jews, Moses took seventy elders to aid him in the government; so in some modern churches, especially in the Presbyterian, elders are elected to aid the pastors in matters of church management and discipline.