Numberup at worldnet.att.net Numberup at worldnet.att.net
Tue Jul 27 10:07:40 EDT 1999

"Congregation" for EKKLHSIA works for me, too.  I haven't been to a "church" in
years, but I have attended several "congregations."  For those familiar with
congregations and assemblies, those terms are as well understood in their local or
universal settings as "church" may be for those who prefer that identification.

Solomon Landers
Memra Institute for Biblical Research

Mitchell Gray wrote:

> > 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."
> Best,
> Mitchell Gray
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