Sinonim untuk: Assembly, Church.
Lihat Definisi untuk sunagwgh 4864
Lihat Definisi untuk ekklhsia 1577
Lihat Definisi untuk panhguriv 3831
According to their derivation, sunagwgh is simply an assembly,
a mass of people gathered together;
ekklhsia is a narrower word, also an assembly, but including
only those specially called together out of a larger multitude,
for the transaction of business. ekklhsia usually denotes a
somewhat more select company than sunagwgh. A significant use of
ekklhsia in strict harmony with its derivation was common among
the Greeks. It was their common word for the lawful assembly in a free
Greek city of all those possessing the rights of citizenship, for the
transaction of public affairs. They were summoned out of the
whole population, ``a select portion of it, including neither the
populace, nor strangers, nor yet those who had forfeited their civic
rights'' (Trench). sunagwgh had been, before N.T. times,
appropriated to designate a synagogue, a Jewish assembly for worship,
distinct from the Temple, in which sense it is used in the N.T.
Probably for that reason, and also for its greater inherent
etymological fitness, ekklhsia is the word taken to designate
a Christian church, a company of believers who meet for worship.
Both these words, however, are sometimes used in the N.T. in a
panhguriv, occurring only in #Heb 12:23, differs from both,
denoting a solemn assembly for festal rejoicing.