Definition of ECCLESIA


ECCLESIA

In classical Greek this word signifies any assembly, and in
this sense it is used in Acts xix. 39. But ordinarily, in the New
Testament, the word denotes a Christian assembly, and is rendered into
English by the word church. It occurs thrice only in, the Gospels, viz. in
Matt. xvi. 18, and xviii. 17, but very frequently in the other parts of the
New Testament, beginning with Acts ii. 47. In Acts xix. 37, the word
churches, in the common English version, seems to be improperly used to
denote heathen temples. Figuratively, the word church is employed to
signify the building set apart for the Christian assemblies, but the word
eclesia is not used in the New Testament in that sense.


Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition

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