EKKLHSIA

Michael Sigurd Olszta olszta at netway.com
Sun Nov 28 17:21:44 EST 1999


I am looking for some input on the word "EKKLHSIA".  What I've read at
the Perseus Project's English translations of various texts indicates a
rather "official" definition for the word.  To the Corinthian church,
Paul writes:

AI GUNAIKES UMWN EN TAIS EKKLHSIAS SIGATWSAN; OU GAR EPITETRAPTAI AUTAIS
LALEIN ktl.

I know many have tried to limit Paul's limitations of women speaking in
the EKKLHSIAS to a local problem at Corinth, but his command appears
much broader than just to that locality.  In our modern day of equality
among the sexes, I realize this text can be quite disturbing to many.
However, I see Paul as only limiting women's speaking in a particular
circumstance here, namely EN TAIS EKKLHSIAS.  Is it possible that the
word is here being used in the same sense as it would have been among
the Greeks in their senate meetings, i.e., an official, called out
assembly of males where speaking and decision making is limited to the
males?

Michael




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