Tonight in Bible study we started working our way through James 2. Almost right away we ran into a slight difference of opinion. In v2 we read
For if someone comes into your assembly . . . (NET)
The word that the NET translates “assembly” is συναγωγὴν. Now, we were trying to decide what this is. Obviously it’s some sort of meeting place. However, our disagreement was over whether it was a synagogue or not. Our teacher proposed that since Christians were not well liked by mainline Jews, that it must’ve been a meeting place outside of a synagogue, perhaps a house instead.
I suggested though, since James seems to be writing to Jewish Christians, that it may have been a synagogue that had converted, in whole or in part, to Christianity (ie. Acts 18:8).