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By Jeff A. Benner

The Modern Hebrew word כנסת (knesset) is derived from the root כנס (K.N.S, Strong's #3664), meaning to gather or bunch up.

He gathereth the waters of the sea together as a heap: He layeth up the deeps in store-houses. (ASV, Psalm 33:7)

The feminine noun form, כנסת (knesset), is a “gathering.” The phrase כנסת בית (beyt knesset) is a “house of gathering” and is the Hebrew word for a synagogue (a Greek word also meaning “gathering”). The word כנסת (knesset) is also used for State of Israel’s Legislature.

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