New Defender's Study Bible Notes
2:2 assembly. “Assembly” here is actually the same word translated as “synagogue” (in fact, transliterated from the Greek). This is further indication of the very early date of James’ epistle. The Jewish Christians evidently continued to call their assemblies by the same name they had known before, even though now they were Christian “synagogues.” Eventually, with increasing hostility by non-Christian Jews, along with more Gentiles coming into the assemblies, the “church” name became adopted everywhere.