Where does the word “Synagogue” come from and What does Synagogue mean in Latin?

Literally, a congregation or assembly, the word Synagogue has also come to mean the place of assembly, specifically the meeting place for Jewish worship.

The word comes to us through the Late Latin synagoga from the Greek synagoge, “assembly,” from synagein, “to bring together,” a compound of syn, “together,” with agein, “to lead, bring.”

The Greek, in turn, is a direct translation of the Hebrew keneseth, “assembly,” from kanas, “to collect, assemble.”

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