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› IN BRIEF
Questions and Answers
The Latin term ecclésia comes from the Greek verb “ek-ka-lein” which means: to “call out of”.
The Septuagint is the Greek translation of the Old Testament.
1. the liturgical assembly
2. the local community (parish)
3. the universal community of believers.
1. the sheepfold
2. the cultivated field
3. the building of God
Remember them as sheep on a field walking toward a building that is part of Jerusalem.
The “Shepherd of Hermas” (Pastor Hermae) is one of the four apostolic writings (around 150 AD).
1. hierarchic gifts
2. charismatic gifts.
1. a visible hierarchical society on the earth
2. Christ’s mystical Body and a spiritual community endowed with heavenly riches.
The Church is called a “sacrament” in an analogical sense.