Bible Names A-G: Epaphroditus
Epaphroditus in Easton's Bible Dictionary
fair, graceful; belonging to Aphrodite or Venus the messenger
who came from Phillipi to the apostle when he was a
Rome (Phil. 2:25-30; 4:10-18). Paul mentions him in
esteem and affection. On his return to Philippi he was
bearer of Paul's letter to the church there.
Epaphroditus in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
Epaphroditus: of which Epaphras is a contraction. But
Epaphroditus of the Philippian church is probably distinct
from Epaphras of the Colossian church. Probably a presbyter
at Philippi. After Tychicus and Onesimus had departed from
Rome carrying the epistles to Ephesians, Colossians, and
Philemon, Paul was cheered by the arrival of Epaphroditus
with the Philippian contribution. But that faithful
"brother, companion in labor, and fellow soldier," being
probably in delicate health in setting out, had brought on
himself a dangerous sickness by the fatigues of the journey
to Rome (Philemon 2:25-26; Philemon 2:30; Philemon 4:18). On
recovery he "longed" to return to his Philippian flock, and
in person relieve their anxiety on his behalf.
So Paul "supposed it necessary to send Epaphroditus"
to them, being "their messenger" (apostle, i.e. one of the
"apostles" or "messengers of the churches " as distinct from
the twelve and Paul commissioned by Christ: Romans 16:7; 2
Corinthians 8:23). Paul charges them, "Receive him in the
Lord with all gladness; and hold such in reputation, because
for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding
his life, to supply your lack of service toward me" (their
lack having been not of the will but of the opportunity,
Philemon 4:10). From the marked exhortations to "receive
Epaphroditus with all gladness," etc., Alford conjectures
that the "heaviness" of Epaphroditus was not solely owing to
his strong affection, but that there must have been
something behind respecting him.
Epaphroditus in Hitchcock's Bible Names
Epaphroditus in Naves Topical Bible
A messenger of Paul
Php 2:25; 4:18
-Sick at Rome
Epaphroditus in Smiths Bible Dictionary
(lovely), the full name of which Epaphras is a contraction.
Phm 2:25; 4:18
Epaphroditus in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
e-paf-ro-di'-tus (Epaphroditos, "lovely"): Mentioned only in
Phil 2:25; 4:18. The name corresponds to the Latin Venustus (=
handsome), and was very common in the Roman period. "The name
occurs very frequently in inscriptions both Greek and Latin,
whether at full length Epaphroditus, or in its contracted form
Epaphras" (Lightfoot, Philippians, 123). Epaphroditus was the
delegate of the Christian community at Philippi, sent with
their gift to Paul during his first Roman imprisonment. Paul
calls him "my brother and fellow-worker and fellow-soldier."
"The three words are arranged in an ascending scale: common
sympathy, common work, common danger and toil and suffering"
(Lightfoot, l.c.). On his arrival at Rome, Epaphroditus
devoted himself to "the work of Christ," both as Paul's
attendant and as his assistant in missionary work. So
assiduously did he labor that he lost his health, and "was
sick nigh unto death." He recovered, however, and Paul sent
him back to Philippi with this letter to quiet the alarm of
his friends, who had heard of his serious illness. Paul
besought for him that the church should receive him with joy
and hold him in honor.
Epaphroditus in Wikipedia
is a saint of the Orthodox Church and the Catholic Church,
first Bishop of Philippi, and of Andriaca in Asia Minor, and
first Bishop of Terracina, Italy. There is little evidence
that these were all the same man...
Epaphroditus Scripture - Philippians 2:25
Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my
brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your
messenger, and he that ministered to my wants.
Epaphroditus Scripture - Philippians 4:18
But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of
Epaphroditus the things [which were sent] from you, an odour
of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.
Epaphroditus Scripture - Philippians 4:23
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ [be] with you all. Amen.
<[To [the] Philippians written from Rome, by Epaphroditus.]>
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