"Together" (epi to auto)
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"... After Pentecost, when the community grew to more than three thousand (Acts 2:41), it was not possible to assemble in one place. As we read later in the first major summary, "every day they devoted themselves...to breaking bread in their homes" (2:46)."
"That presumes that the community not only lived, but assembled to break bread in a number of homes. That, however, did not take away from their koinonia (fellowship). Nor did it prevent them from sharing life with one another and sharing their possessions with those who were needy."
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"The expression epi to auto, therefore, does not mean that they lived or assembled "in one place" or "together," as it meant in the Septuagint. It means that they met "as a body" (Acts 1:15; 2:1), and after Pentecost, "as a church"--as a community of believers who were one in Christ. That was true whether they assembled in the same place or in various places."
"A good translation for 2:44, therefore, would be, "All who believed were united as a church" or "common-union" epi to auto. A good translation for 2:47 would be, "And everyday, the Lord added those being saved to their common-union (epi to auto)."
Citing Bruce Metzger,
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"Again we disagree with the A.V./KJV-Byzantine tradition in Acts 2.47, where the word “church” (ekklesia) is part of a variant reading of the text. Instead, we agree with others who find that the ending better reads epi to auto, a phrase often used to refer to the “Christian body” in a collective sense (Acts 1.15; 2.1, 47; 1 Cor 11.20; 14.23; Metzger, Bruce, A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament, 2nd ed. [Germany: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 2001]; pgs. 264-65)."
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"Devoting themselves to the common union, however, reached beyond their immediate ecclesial community [house churches within one city, Rom. 16:5, 23; cf. Titus 1:5 sp] to the greater ecclesial community in Jerusalem" [see 1 Cor. 16:1-4; Acts 11:27-30; Gal. 2:10; cf. Rom. 15:25-26, sp].