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Epaphras
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A Christian from Colossae and co-worker of Paul whose evangelistic work helped start the church in Colossae. In his letter to the believers in Colossae, Paul states that Epaphras was responsible for teaching the gospel to the Colossian believers (Col 1:7). Epaphras also seems to have played a continuing role in the growth of the Colossian church. Paul describes him as a “faithful minister of Christ” on behalf of the Colossians who brought news of their faith to Paul while he was in prison (Col 1:7–8; Phlm 1:23). Paul’s reference to Epaphras’ labor among the believers in Laodicea and in Hierapolis suggests that Epaphras either founded or played a key role in establishing other churches in the region (Col 4:13).
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Epaphras
Epaphras (Ἐπαφρᾶς, Epaphras). A Christian from Colossae and co-worker of Paul whose evangelistic work helped start the church in Colossae. In his letter to the believers in Colossae, Paul states that Epaphras was responsible for teaching the gospel to the Colossian believers (Col 1:7). Epaphras also
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Epaphras (Person)
EPAPHRAS (PERSON) [Gk Epaphras (Ἐπαφρας)]. A Christian from Colossae (Col 4:12), referred to by Paul as a “fellow slave” (Col 1:7) and “fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus” (Phlm 23). Epaphras is also mentioned as having sent greetings to Philemon (Phlm 23) and to the Colossians (Col 4:12), both of whom
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Epaphras
Epaphras. Co-worker with the apostle Paul. Epaphras, a native of Colossae, was responsible for the city’s evangelization, as well as that of Laodicea and Hierapolis. Through him Paul learned of the progress of the Colossian church and thus wrote his letter to the Colossians. Paul’s high regard for Epaphras
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Epaphras
Epaphras epʹə-fras [Gk. Epaphras]. A contracted form of Epaphroditus. He must not, however, be confused with the messenger of the Philippian community. He was with Paul during a part of his first Roman imprisonment, joining in Paul’s greetings to Philemon (Philem. 23). Epaphras was the missionary by
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Epaphras
EPAPHRAS Coworker with the apostle Paul. Epaphras, a native of Colosse, was responsible for the city’s evangelization, as well as that of Laodicea and Hierapolis. Through him Paul learned of the progress of the Colossian church and thus wrote his letter to the Colossians. Paul’s high regard for Epaphras
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Epaphras
Epaphras (ep´uh-fras), an associate of Paul mentioned in Philem. 23 and Col. 1:7; 4:12–13. According to Colossians, he was a native of the Lycus Valley in Asia Minor and had worked hard as Paul’s representative in Colossae, Laodicea, and Hierapolis. In the Letter to Philemon, Epaphras is identified as
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Epaphras
EPAPHRAS. A “beloved fellow servant” and. “faithful minister of Christ,” held in high esteem by Paul (Col 1:7–8; 4:12–13). In Phm 23 he is referred to as “my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus.” While the name is a contracted form of Epaphroditus, most do not connect him with the Philipian man of that name
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Epaphras
EPAPHRAS. In Col. 1:7; 4:12; Phm. 23, one of Paul’s friends and associates, called by him his ‘fellow slave’ and ‘fellow prisoner’. The name is abbreviated from Epaphroditus, but Epaphras is probably not to be identified with the Epaphroditus of Phil. 2:25; 4:18 (as he is by T. R. Glover, Paul of Tarsus,
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Epaphras
Epaphras (Gk. Epaphrás)A Colossian whom Paul describes as “beloved fellow servant,” “faithful minister of Christ,” “servant of Christ Jesus” (Col. 1:7; 4:12–13), and “fellow prisoner” (Phlm. 23). That his name appears at the head of the list in Philemon and that Paul calls him doúlos and sýndoulos,
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Epapharas
Epapharas [ĕpˊə frăs] (Gk. Epaphras).† A Christian residing at Colossae (Col. 4:12), possibly the founder of the local church (1:7). Having labored intensely among the Colossian Christians (“on our [Paul’s] behalf”), as well as in the neighboring churches of Laodicea and Hierapolis (4:13), Epaphras
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Epaphras
EPAPHRAS A Christian from Colossae, mentioned by Paul as a “fellow servant” (Col 1:7). He was also a “fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus” (Phlm 23), suggesting that they shared imprisonment. Epaphras is also credited with teaching the Colossians (Col 1:7) and with bringing news of the Colossians’ faith
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Epaphras
Ep´aphras (lovely), a fellow laborer with the apostle Paul, mentioned Col. 1:7 as having taught the Colossian church the grace of God in truth, and designated a faithful minister of Christ on their behalf. He was at that time with St. Paul at Rome. (a.d. 57.) For Paul’s estimate of him see Col. 1:7,