Wordy Wednesday: ekklēsia

What it means

Greek

ἐκκλησία

Transliteration/Pronunciation

ekklēsia/ek-klā-sē’-ä

Strong’s

G1577

Definition

This word is generally rendered “Church” in the New Testament and pastors like to make a big deal about part of this word’s meaning as “the called out ones” but few go further and point out that the “called out ones” referred to a political assembly that met primarily to make decisions (which sheds more light on Jesus’s comment about agreeing with one another in Matthew 18:19).

Ekklesia is a curious choice of words for Christ’s body given it’s political connotations, makes me wonder what impact it would have on our civic duties if we were to truely consider our citizenship in the Body of Christ to be of utmost importance.

Would that make us un-American? Would we be willing to risk the label?

Where it’s found1

Deuteronomy 4:10, Deuteronomy 9:10, Deuteronomy 18:16, Deuteronomy 23:1, Deuteronomy 23:2, Deuteronomy 23:3, Deuteronomy 23:8, Deuteronomy 31:30, Joshua 8:35, Judges 20:2, Judges 21:5, Judges 21:8, 1 Samuel 17:47, 1 Samuel 19:20, 1 Kings 8:14, 1 Kings 8:22, 1 Kings 8:55, 1 Kings 8:65, 1 Chronicles 13:2, 1 Chronicles 13:4, 1 Chronicles 28:2, 1 Chronicles 28:8, 1 Chronicles 29:1, 1 Chronicles 29:10, 1 Chronicles 29:20, 2 Chronicles 1:3, 2 Chronicles 1:5, 2 Chronicles 6:3, 2 Chronicles 6:12, 2 Chronicles 6:13, 2 Chronicles 7:8, 2 Chronicles 10:3, 2 Chronicles 20:5, 2 Chronicles 20:14, 2 Chronicles 23:3, 2 Chronicles 28:14, 2 Chronicles 29:23, 2 Chronicles 29:28, 2 Chronicles 29:31, 2 Chronicles 29:32, 2 Chronicles 30:2, 2 Chronicles 30:4, 2 Chronicles 30:13, 2 Chronicles 30:17, 2 Chronicles 30:23, 2 Chronicles 30:24, 2 Chronicles 30:25, Ezra 2:64, Ezra 10:1, Ezra 10:8, Ezra 10:12, Ezra 10:14, Nehemiah 5:7, Nehemiah 5:13, Nehemiah 7:66, Nehemiah 8:2, Nehemiah 8:17, Nehemiah 13:1, Job 30:28, Psalms 22:22, Psalms 22:25, Psalms 26:5, Psalms 26:12, Psalms 35:18, Psalms 40:9, Psalms 68:26, Psalms 89:5, Psalms 107:32, Psalms 149:1, Proverbs 5:14, Lamentations 1:10, Joel 2:16, Micah 2:5, Matthew 16:18, Matthew 18:17, Acts 5:11, Acts 7:38, Acts 8:1, Acts 8:3, Acts 9:31, Acts 11:22, Acts 11:26, Acts 12:1, Acts 12:5, Acts 13:1, Acts 14:23, Acts 14:27, Acts 15:3, Acts 15:4, Acts 15:22, Acts 15:41, Acts 16:5, Acts 18:22, Acts 19:32, Acts 19:39, Acts 19:41, Acts 20:17, Acts 20:28, Romans 16:1, Romans 16:4, Romans 16:5, Romans 16:16, Romans 16:23, 1 Corinthians 1:2, 1 Corinthians 4:17, 1 Corinthians 6:4, 1 Corinthians 7:17, 1 Corinthians 10:32, 1 Corinthians 11:16, 1 Corinthians 11:18, 1 Corinthians 11:22, 1 Corinthians 12:28, 1 Corinthians 14:4, 1 Corinthians 14:5, 1 Corinthians 14:12, 1 Corinthians 14:19, 1 Corinthians 14:23, 1 Corinthians 14:28, 1 Corinthians 14:33, 1 Corinthians 14:34, 1 Corinthians 14:35, 1 Corinthians 15:9, 1 Corinthians 16:1, 1 Corinthians 16:19, 2 Corinthians 1:1, 2 Corinthians 8:1, 2 Corinthians 8:18, 2 Corinthians 8:19, 2 Corinthians 8:23, 2 Corinthians 8:24, 2 Corinthians 11:8, 2 Corinthians 11:28, 2 Corinthians 12:13, Galatians 1:2, Galatians 1:13, Galatians 1:22, Ephesians 1:22, Ephesians 3:10, Ephesians 3:21, Ephesians 5:23, Ephesians 5:24, Ephesians 5:25, Ephesians 5:27, Ephesians 5:29, Ephesians 5:32, Philippians 3:6, Philippians 4:15, Colossians 1:18, Colossians 1:24, Colossians 4:15, Colossians 4:16, 1 Thessalonians 1:1, 1 Thessalonians 2:14, 2 Thessalonians 1:1, 2 Thessalonians 1:4, 1 Timothy 3:5, 1 Timothy 3:15, 1 Timothy 5:16, Philemon 1:2, Hebrews 2:12, Hebrews 12:23, James 5:14, 3 John 1:6, 3 John 1:9, 3 John 1:10, Revelation 1:4, Revelation 1:11, Revelation 1:20, Revelation 2:1, Revelation 2:7, Revelation 2:8, Revelation 2:11, Revelation 2:12, Revelation 2:17, Revelation 2:18, Revelation 2:23, Revelation 2:29, Revelation 3:1, Revelation 3:6, Revelation 3:7, Revelation 3:13, Revelation 3:14, Revelation 3:22, Revelation 22:16

  1. If anyone is curious how I am citing Greek words in the Hebrew Old Testament, I am using the Greek translation of the Old Testament known as the Septuagint which we have good evidence that Jesus himself used and quoted from. []
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