Erwin Buck


In the search for appropriate nomenclature for church leaders, the title of bishop demands special attention. Not only does it have early attestation but the role which it has played in the history of the church has been prominent. The primary purpose of this essay is to examine the usage of the term bishop (episkopos) from a New Testament perspective. Only secondarily will attention be focused on the subsequent history of the term before assessing the suitability of the title as nomenclature for church leaders today.