Mitchell Gray shavedice at itexas.net
Mon Jul 26 17:33:12 EDT 1999

> From: Theodore H Mann <thmann at juno.com>

> B-Greekers:
> It seems to me that a problem with terms such as "assembly" or
> "congregation," as translations of EKKLESIA, is that it is difficult to
> use them effectively in reference to the global body of Christ, unless
> one wishes to apply hyphenations (e.g., "universal-congregation").  Such
> (un-hyphenated) terms somehow seem more applicable to local or regional
> gatherings.  Although "church" may not be a great translation of
> EKKLESIA, it does at least seem to be equally functional in reference to
> the body of Christ in its totality, as well as at the local or regional
> levels.  While it is true that "church" is often applied to the building
> in which Christians meet, or even to the meeting itself ("I'm going to
> church"), my experience is that most Christians (evangelicals, anyway)
> understand the difference.  I'm all for finding a better translation of
> EKKLESIA than "church," if one is available, but I doubt that "assembly"
> or "congregation" will suffice.
> Dr. Theodore "Ted" Mann

We just say "I'm going to the meeting."  So, it still works for "assembly"
or "congregation."

Mitchell Gray

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