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Ask Phillip - The Translation of 'Church'?

What is the translation of the word 'church'? William Tyndale originally translated the Greek word "ecclesia" in the New Testament, to 'congregation' but it was later changed to 'church'. Jensen argues that this second translation leads to much confusion as 'church' can refer to many things and that Tyndale's original translation was more accurate and helpful in defining what 'ecclesia' is and should do: simply ' a gathering' and in the biblical context, a gathering around Christ to hear from his Word.

Length: 5mins

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In "Ask Phillip" Phillip Jensen answers tricky questions in 5 minutes or less.

Phillip Jensen is a leading Australian evangelical and previously ministered at University Church, New South Wales, the St Matthias Group of Churches and Sydney Cathedral. He now works with Two Ways Ministries and also regularly speaks at national and international churches and conferences, where he continues to model preaching the gospel by teaching the Bible. Check out further videos and free resources from Phillip Jensen at