ὁ δομήτωρ τῆς Ἐκκλησίας -> the founder of the church, Jesus Christ

spiros

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ὁ δομήτωρ τῆς Ἐκκλησίας -> the founder of the church, Jesus Christ
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billberg23

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Yes, I see, probably a modern Orthodox interpretation, not quite in harmony with Paul's original vision of the church, with Jesus as the foundation and us ourselves as the builders or the building-blocks, e.g. 1 Corinthians 3:10f.  Κατὰ τὴν χάριν τοῦ θεοῦ τὴν δοθεῖσάν μοι ὡς σοφὸς ἀρχιτέκτων θεμέλιον ἔθηκα, ἄλλος δὲ ἐποικοδομεῖ. ἕκαστος δὲ βλεπέτω πῶς ἐποικοδομεῖ· θεμέλιον γὰρ ἄλλον οὐδεὶς δύναται θεῖναι παρὰ τὸν κείμενον, ὅς ἐστιν Ἰησοῦς Χριστός — "With the grace of God given to me, like a skilled architect I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it;  let each one see to how each one builds.  For no one is able to lay a foundation beside the one already laid, which is Jesus the anointed King."  Or Romans 12:4f. Kαθάπερ γὰρ ἐν ἑνὶ σώματι πολλὰ μέλη ἔχομεν, τὰ δὲ μέλη πάντα οὐ τὴν αὐτὴν ἔχει πρᾶξιν, οὕτως οἱ πολλοὶ ἓν σῶμά ἐσμεν ἐν Χριστῷ, τὸ δὲ καθ' εἷς ἀλλήλων μέλη — "As we have many members in our one body, and the members do not all have the same activity, so we, though many, are one body in the Messiah King, and are members, individually, of each other."

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spiros

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I think δομήτωρ could also be interpreted as founder.

δομήτωρ, ο (Μ)
1. χτίστης, ιδρυτής
2. «ὁ δομήτωρ τῆς Ἐκκλησίας» — ο Ιησούς Χριστός.
Πάπυρος – Μέγα Λεξικό της Ελληνικής Γλώσσας


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Thanks, spiros!  Glad to know the modern interpretation.  In antiquity, the word δομήτωρ is attested six times, and only in late and Byzantine authors, where it means literally "builder" (mostly with δόμος or οἶκος).  The word never occurs in the bible, but if Paul had known it, I suppose he could have used it instead of ἀρχιτέκτων to refer to himself as laying the θεμέλιον of the "building" that was the Christian community (1 Corinthians 3:10).   


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δομήτωρ ο. Ιδρυτής: της μεγάλης εκκλησίας Αγιάς Σοφιάς δομήτωρ (Γεωργηλ., Βελ. Λ 4). [<δομώ + κατάλ. ‑τωρ. Η λ. τον 8.-9. αι. (Lampe) και σε σχόλ.]
— Λεξικό Κριαρά
http://www.greek-language.gr/greekLang/modern_greek/tools/lexica/search.html?dq=&sin=all&lq=%CE%B4%CE%BF%CE%BC%CE%AE%CF%84%CF%89%CF%81

δομήτωρ, builder, fig., Max.Ηymn.2(M.91.1421A); of God ὁ δομήτωρ οὐρανού
Jo.Mon.Hymn.Blas.6(M.96. 1404D).
— Lampe, Patristic Lexicon
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