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Apphia
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Apphia
Apphia (Ἀπφία, Apphia). One of the people to whom Paul addressed the letter to Philemon (Phlm 1:2). Paul addresses Apphia as “our sister” in the same way he calls Timothy as “our brother.”
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Apphia (Person)
APPHIA (PERSON) [Gk AApphia (ἈΑπφια)]. A Christian greeted in the salutation of the letter to Philemon (Phlm 2). While some have proposed that this woman’s name was spelled incorrectly in the aspirated form “Apphia” in Philemon, rather than the more familiar unaspirated Roman name “Appia,” copious documentation
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Apphia
Apphia. Christian woman in Colossae, possibly the wife or sister of Philemon. The apostle Paul greeted her in his letter to Philemon (v 2). According to tradition she was martyred during Nero’s persecution. On the saint’s calendar of the Greek Orthodox Church, she is honored on November 22.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Apphia
Apphia afʹē-ə, apʹfē-ə [GK. Apphia] (Philem. 2). A Christian of Colossae, probably the wife of Philemon; certainly a member of his household, greeted as “sister.” In the Greek Church. Nov. 22 is sacred to her memory. It has been supposed, since this Epistle concerns one household exclusively, that
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Apphia
APPHIA Christian woman in Colosse, possibly the wife or sister of Philemon. The apostle Paul greeted her in his letter to Philemon (v 2). According to tradition, she was martyred during Nero’s persecution. On the saints’ calendar of the Greek Orthodox Church, she is honored on November 22.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Apphia
Apphia (af´ee-uh), a Christian woman addressed as “a sister” by Paul in Philemon (Philem. 2), possibly Philemon’s wife. See also Archippus; Philemon.
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Apphia
APPHIA. A Christian woman in Colossae, one of the addressees of the book of Philemon, probably the wife of Philemon (q.v.). Apphia was a common female name in western Asia Minor, as inscriptions show.The Appian Way. HFV
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Apphia
APPHIA. Addressed in Phm. 2 in a manner suggesting that she was Philemon’s wife, and hostess to the Colossian church (but see *Philemon, Epistle to). rsv’s text ‘our sister’ is probably to be preferred to av’s ‘our beloved’. The name was common in W Asia and is probably native Phrygian. (See examples
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Apphia
Apphia (Gk. Apphɩ́a)A woman to whom Paul’s Epistle to Philemon was addressed (Phlm. 2). She is designated “sister,” often taken as indication that she was Philemon’s wife, but perhaps indicating primarily her position of respect in the community (Gk. “the sister”).
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Apphia
Apphia [ăfˊĭ ə] (Gk. Apphia). The second of the three persons to whom Paul’s Epistle to Philemon was addressed (Phlm. 2). Though designated “sister” (so RSV, JB, NIV; KJV “beloved sister”), she was probably Philemon’s wife.
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Apphia
APPHIA A woman to whom the Letter to Philemon is partly addressed (Phlm 2). She may have been the wife of Philemon.
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Apphia
Ap´phia (fruitful), a Christian woman addressed jointly with Philemon and Archippus in Philem. 2; apparently a member of Philemon’s household, and not improbably his wife. (a.d. 57.)
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