[b-greek] Historical Development of EKKLESIA?

From: Glen L Naftaniel (glensmail@juno.com)
Date: Mon Nov 26 2001 - 13:46:20 EST

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<DIV>Dear B-Greeker's,</DIV>
<DIV>I am wondering about the development of the word EKKLESIA.&nbsp; I was
taught that it literally means: "'the called out ones.'&nbsp; Thus the beginning
preposition "ek" which means to go out. and combined with "kaleo" to call.&nbsp;
In the NT the word was so commonly used to describe the Christian church that it
has become the primary usage and meaning of the word.&nbsp; It is used to
describe an assembly; the Church, either the body, or the place."&nbsp; </DIV>
<DIV>I have also ben told: "It's the Greek translation of the Hebrew name of the
book which is Qohelet.&nbsp; Qohelet means 'congregations' or
'synagogues'.&nbsp; When the Tanakh was translated into the LXX, it was
translated to the Greek word 'Ecclesia' meaning 'churches'."</DIV>
<DIV>Now I am a little confused as to the historical development of the
word.&nbsp; What is the source of the word?&nbsp; How much of Greek has come
form Hebrew; and how close in meaning are the words which were translated into
<DIV>Also, I have BAG 1973, does it answer these questions?&nbsp; If not can
anyone recommend a good resource?</DIV>
<DIV>Thanks in advance,</DIV>
<DIV>Glen Naftaniel</DIV>
<DIV><A href="mailto:glensmail@juno.com">glensmail@juno.com</A></DIV>
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