Age, therefore, is the first requisite to the work of the Christian overseer and shepherd. Neither non-age, nor dotage, but simply age, is that which is denoted by presbuteros. A presbyter in apostolic use of speech is simply a senior. The zah-kehn of the Hebrews, the presbuteros, of the Greeks, and the senex of the Latins, are the exact equivalents of the English senior, elder, or aged. With all peoples the aged have their appropriate place and standing in the commonwealth; from among the elders of Israel the Sanhedrin, or national council, was constituted; the magistracy of the Greeks was filled by their presbuteroi; and the senate of Rome took its name from its being composed of seniors. It has been reserved to apostate christendom to shew to the world such an inversion of the natural and divine constitution of things as savageism itself cannot parallel––the seniors systematically under the rule of the young!––beardless youths fresh from school set to oversee the aged!
---Thomas Hughes Milner