The Fellowship at Antioch

 

antioch drawing

 

Ekkleisia, the Greek word that traditionally English translators have been translating as church, actually references a gathering of people.   Rendering ekkleisia as a building is a rudimentary error, a miss translation.   The gathering of Believers were first called “Christians” in Antioch, Acts 11:26,

καὶ εὑρὼν ἤγαγεν εἰς Ἀντιόχειαν. ἐγένετο δὲ αὐτοῖς καὶ ἐνιαυτὸν ὅλον συναχθῆναι ἐν τῇ ἐκκλησίᾳ καὶ διδάξαι ὄχλον ἱκανόν, χρηματίσαι τε πρώτως ἐν Ἀντιοχείᾳ τοὺς μαθητὰς “Χριστιανούς.

 

 

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