The word "host"

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LeannaZ
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The word "host"

Post by LeannaZ » Sun Nov 11, 2012 5:33 am

Hi,
I am sure someone out there will have an answer to my question. The word "host" appears many times in the bible. I appears as "heavenly host" and "Lord of hosts", but I honestly have no idea what it really means. I think I have taken for granted this word without ever really questioning its meaning. In Catholicism it is used interchangeable with Communion wafer (I think).
Does anyone have an insight? Thanks in advance :)

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TK
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Re: The word "host"

Post by TK » Sun Nov 11, 2012 8:18 am

Host = a great number.

Some of the modern translations translate "Lord of Hosts" as "Lord of the heaven's armies."

TK

LeannaZ
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Re: The word "host"

Post by LeannaZ » Sun Nov 11, 2012 9:34 am

Ok. Any ideas where the catholic church came up with calling the communion bread a host?
Thanks for the explanation!!

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Re: The word "host"

Post by backwoodsman » Sun Nov 11, 2012 12:06 pm

LeannaZ wrote:Any ideas where the catholic church came up with calling the communion bread a host?
http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07489d.htm

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Re: The word "host"

Post by lucyminer » Sat Mar 16, 2013 7:03 am

I think host means the receiver in this contest. One who's body is taken by something.

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