Translation of EKKLHSIA

Carl W. Conrad cwconrad at
Tue Aug 22 19:17:30 EDT 2000

At 12:26 PM -0500 8/22/00, Lynn Trapp wrote:
>I'm interested in getting your thoughts on the best translation for
>EKKLHSIA. I would particularly like to know what effect the members of this
>list think the use of this word in a religious context (referring to God's
>people) may have had on the development of the meaning of the word in the
>language as a whole.

I've seen the answers by others; it seems to me dubious that the word has
always the same sense throughout the GNT, but I think it more often than
not refers to a "house church," and I wonder whether the most neutral and
still meaningful way to convert it to English might not be: "meeting."
That's not necessarily political more than social, and it's traditional
enough even through the centuries in English for a religious gathering. "I
went to meeting on the Lord's Day."


Carl W. Conrad
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