Greek:Εκκλησια

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Ekklesia (Ecclessia / Εκκλησια) is a Koine Greek word meaning "gathering" or "assembly". When referring to the gathering of Christian believers it is translated as "church".

Use in the New Testament

In the New Testament the word is translated as "church". The word means a body of faithful Christians. It can be used to include not merely the Christians of a particular area, but also to the whole body of Christians, but alive and dead.

The disciples of a single locality are often referred to in the New Testament as a church (Revelation 2:18, Romans 16:4, Acts 9:31). Paul even applies the term to disciples belonging to a single household (Romans 16:5, 1 Corinthians 16:19, Colossians 4:15, Philemon 1:2).

The global use of the word can be seen from its very first appearance in Mark 14:49 and later in Ephesians 5:25-27.

Grammar

The word in Greek is a first declension feminine noun and thus it declines as follows:

Singular Plural
Nominative εκκησια εκκησιαι
Genitive εκκησιας εκκησιων
Dative εκκησιᾳ εκκησιαις
Accusative εκκησιαν εκκησιαι

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