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A Christian whom Paul greets and commends in Rom 16:10. He should not be confused with the second-century disciple of Marcion who has the same name and to whom the noncanonical Gospel of Apelles is attributed.
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APELLES (PERSON) [Gk Apellēs (Ἀπελλης)]. A Roman Christian who received greetings from Paul in Rom 16:10. Paul called him “approved in Christ.” Within the literary sources and in more than 37,000 Roman inscriptions, Apelles’ name occurs only twenty-seven times (Lampe StadtrChr, 138–42, 149, 153). Since
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APELLES. Greeted by Paul as a tried Christian (Rom. 16:10). Lightfoot (Philippians, p. 174) found the name—which was often adopted by Jews (cf. Horace, Sat. 1. 5. 100)—in Imperial household circles: Lagrange in loc. notes the sculptured contemporary Apelles in CIL, VI, 9183, just possibly Christian.
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