What follows are additional remarks and research pertaining to the Greek ekklesia
, after which I will “close my shop” on this matter.
I have in my computer files Tyndale’s
translation of the new covenant scriptures, the first translation written in English, as I recall [1525-1526].
On Acts 7:38, he translated the verse, “This is he that was in the congregation, in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers.”https://alleluya.com/WTNT/acts_7.html
On Matthew 16:18: “And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter. And upon this rock I will build my congregation: and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” https://alleluya.com/WTNT/matthew_16.html
On Romans 16:16: “Salute one another among yourselves with an holy kiss. The congregations of Christ salute you.” https://alleluya.com/WTNT/romans_16.html
On Acts 20:17: “From Mileton he sent to Ephesus, and called the seniors of the congregation. When they were come to him, he said to them...” https://alleluya.com/WTNT/acts_20.html
And I could go on and on. “Church” is a misnomer and a distortion of the Greek ekklesia
. The term was never used by the early believers. It is tragic that we are so addicted to “church,” considering that in the Greek Jesus did not say in Matthew 16:18, “I will build my church.”
Nor did Paul say in Romans 16:16, “The churches of Christ greet you.”
Yet we seem to be bent on fostering King James’
blunders. Instead of trying to recapture the vocabulary of the Holy Spirit, we insist on promoting the mistakes of a bungling king.
Among King James’ instructions to his translators, Number 3 says, “The old ecclesiastical words to be kept; as the word church, not to be translated congregation, &c.” http://kjv.landmarkbiblebaptist.net/kjv-instructions.html
See also http://www.bible-researcher.com/kjvhist.html
Here are the facts about the so-called inerrancy of the KJV. The translators were not infallible. At King James’ command, they deliberately mistranslated certain Greek terms. “Old ecclesiastical words” not only included “church,” but “Easter,” “Bishop,” and other “churchy” terms. King James was King and Head of The Established Church of England
. It is safe to say he did not want to be Head of a mere congregation! But let’s go back a century.
A century before the KJV was ushered in, William Tyndale
translated the New Testament scriptures from the oldest Greek manuscripts available to him at the time. I have in my files the complete translation. I have checked through much of his rendition, and wherever the Greek ekklesia
appears, he translates it “congregation.”
The first time “church” appears in our contemporary English translations is in Matthew 16:18. Tyndale’s
translation reads, “And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter. And upon this rock I will build my congregation: and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
AS noted above, Romans 16:16 reads, “Salute one another among yourselves with an holy kiss. The congregations of Christ salute you.”
As far as I am able to ascertain, “church” does not appear anywhere in his translation.
The bottom line is that King James and those translations that followed him mistranslated
many biblical terms, particularly “church.” Too, “Easter” in the KJV should have been “Passover.” So far as inaccurate and distorted translations are concerned, the KJV is at the top of my list.