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Bibil Identifier bibil:216038
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Why Did the Early Christians Call Themselves ἡ ἐκκλησία?
Author Trebilco, Paul
Journal New Testament Studies (Volume: 57, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 440-460 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract It is argued that ἐκκλησία was first used by the Hellenists, probably in Jerusalem, and that it was chosen because of its strong background in the lxx. This raises the issue of why ἐκκλησία was chosen rather than συναγωγή, which occurs over twice as often in the lxx. The case is put that ἐκκλησία was chosen because συναγωγή was already in use by Jewish communities as a designation for their groups and their buildings. This view has not been argued for in detail, and the implications of this choice have not been fully explored. Through the use of ἐκκλησία the Hellenists could express their continuity with the OT ‘assembly’ of the people of God and could also distinguish themselves from other Jewish communities, without making the claim that they alone were the heirs of that people.
DOI 10.1017/S0028688511000087
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Community (Social Group)
Terms ἐκκλησία εκκλησια
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