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By Jeff A. Benner

The word synagogue is a Greek word meaning "a gathering together." The Modern Hebrew word for a "synagogue" is בית-כנסת (beyt-keneset) which literally means "house of the assembly." The word בית (beyt, Strong's #1004) is a Biblical Hebrew word meaning "house," but the word כנסת (keneset) is not. However, it's verbal root כנס (K.N.S, Strong's #3664), is found in the Hebrew Bible and means "to bunch up together" or simply, "to assemble." The word כנסת (keneset) is also used in Modern Hebrew for the "Israeli Parliment."

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