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Deacon (διάκονος, diakonos, “servant”). One who serves in an official capacity in the church as a deacon (compare Phil 1:1; 1 Tim 3:8–13; possibly Rom 16:1). The office of deacon may parallel the role of the assistant (חַזָּן, chazzan) of the synagogue (Burtchaell, From Synagogue to Church, 317–21; compare