Is the word Archbishop in the Bible? Arch means Chief, and bishop means an overseer, a word connected to oversee and oversight. Barnabas and Paul ordained elders (Presbyters) in every church in Acts 14, but Paul had Titus to ordain elders (Presbyters) in every city. These Elders (Presbyters) that were ordained in every city would be over the churches that had elders ( presbyters) in every church. The elders (Presbyters) over the city’s would be called Bishops or Overseers. The word Presbyter is the long word for priest. If we go back to the Old Testament to Numbers 3:32 we find that Eleazar was the chief (Greek word be Arch) and that also he had oversight (the Bishopric) over the Levites: “And Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest shall be chief over the chief of the Levites, and have the oversight of them that keep the charge of the sanctuary.” Eleazar had the oversight (Bishopric) of all the tabernacle: Numbers 4:16 says “And to the office of Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest pertaineth the oil for the light, and the sweet incense, and the daily meat offering, and the anointing oil, and the oversight of all the tabernacle, and of all that therein is, in the sanctuary, and in the vessels thereof.” Eleazar then was the Superintendent of the tabernacle. So an Archbishop (Chief priest, or Bishop) is in the Bible.