1:1 – We send our greetings to you, the congregation of believers in Thessalonica, which is in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Greek word ekklesia is best translated in this context as “congregation.” It means “called-out ones.”
In Greek culture the ekklesia were members of society who were given the duties of legislating on behalf of a city, similar to a city council. They were both “called out” and “called together” to function as those who have the responsibilities of shaping societal norms and the morality of culture.
The Hebrew equivalent of ekklesia is the word qahal. It is translated in most occurrences as an assembly.