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    Stephanas in Easton's Bible Dictionary crown, a member of the church at Corinth, whose family were among those the apostle had baptized (1 Cor. 1:16; 16:15, 17). He has been supposed by some to have been the "jailer of Philippi" (comp. Acts 16:33). The First Epistle to the Corinthians was written from Philippi some six years after the jailer's conversion, and he was with the apostle there at that time.

    Stephanas in Fausset's Bible Dictionary A Christian at Corinth whose household, "the firstfruits of Achaia," Paul baptized (1 Corinthians 1:16; 1 Corinthians 16:15-17). In Romans 16:5 oldest manuscripts read "Asia" for Achaia. Fortunatus and Achaicus were probably of this household. By joining Paul at Ephesus they with Stephanas supplied means of communion between Paul and the Corinthians, taking his letter back with them. They refreshed his spirit as representatives of the absent Corinthians, they helped and laboured with him. So Paul urges the Corinthians, "acknowledge ye them," by a kindly welcome recognizing their true worth. The partisans of Apollos, Cephas, and Christ, might possibly receive them coldly as having been baptized by Paul, hence he "beseeches" the Corinthians in their behalf. They had "addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints" voluntarily (2 Corinthians 8:4; 2 Corinthians 9:1), namely, to their temporal relief (Romans 15:25; Hebrews 6:10).

    Stephanas in Hitchcock's Bible Names crown; crowned

    Stephanas in Naves Topical Bible -A Christian in Corinth, whose household Paul baptized 1Co 1:16; 16:15,17

    Stephanas in Smiths Bible Dictionary a Christian convert of Corinth whose household Paul baptized as the "first-fruits of Achaia." 1Co 1:16; 16:15 (A.D. 53.)

    Stephanas in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE stef'-a-nas (Stephanas): The name occurs only in 1 Cor 1:16; 16:15-18. Stephanas was a Christian of Corinth; his household is mentioned in 1 Cor 16:15 as the first family won to Christ in Achaia, and in 1 Cor 1:16 as among the few personally baptized by Paul at Corinth. The "house of Stephanas," apparently of independent means, had "set themselves to minister unto the saints" (1 Cor 16:15), i.e. to do Christian service. Possibly this service consisted in putting their house at the disposal of the Christians at Corinth for worshipping, or in rendering special assistance in establishing intercommunication between the Corinthian church and the apostle, or the other churches. An instance of such service was the commission of Stephanas at Ephesus referred to in 1 Cor 16:17,18. At the occasion of some disorders in the Corinthian church Stephanas, with Fortunatus and Achaicus in the deputation, brought a letter of the Corinthians to Paul. Our present 1 Corinthians is the reply to this letter, and thus, in all probability, the three men mentioned above were the bearers of this epistle. With fine courtesy Paul expresses his appreciation for this service in 1 Cor 16:18, referring to it as a cherished opportunity of fellowship with his beloved Corinthians through these representatives. It is in consideration of such Christian service that Paul enjoins upon the Corinthians to show the house of Stephanas that respect and deference due to Christian leaders by willingly submitting to their direction. S. D. Press

    Stephanas Scripture - 1 Corinthians 16:15 I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and [that] they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,)

    Stephanas Scripture - 1 Corinthians 16:24 My love [be] with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen. <[The first [epistle] to the Corinthians was written from Philippi by Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus and Timotheus.]>

    Stephanas Scripture - 1 Corinthians 1:16 And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other.