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A messenger from the church in Philippi who brought Paul supplies.
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
EPAPHRODITUS (PERSON) [Gk Epaphroditos (Ἐπαφροδιτος)]. A Christian sent by the Philippians to help Paul and to take the collection from Philippi to Paul (Phil 2:25; 4:18). The name Epaphroditus, rather common in the 1st century, suggests that his family may have been followers of the cult of Aphrodite,
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Epaphroditus. Leader in the Philippian church. Epaphroditus was sent to the apostle Paul during Paul’s first Roman imprisonment to deliver gifts (Phil 4:18) and to assist the apostle in his work (Phil 2:25). While in Rome, Epaphroditus became seriously ill and nearly died. After a period of convalescence
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
EPAPHRODITUS Leader in the Philippian church. Epaphroditus was sent to the apostle Paul during Paul’s first Roman imprisonment; his mission was to deliver gifts (Phil 4:18) and to assist the apostle in his work (2:25). While in Rome, Epaphroditus became seriously ill and nearly died. After a period of
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Epaphroditus (i-paf´ruh-di´tuhs), a Philippian Christian who brought gifts from Philippi to Paul in prison (Phil. 4:18). Epaphroditus had become seriously ill, but then recovered. In his Letter to the Philippians, Paul explains that he is sending Epaphroditus back to them, because he knows that they
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
EPAPHRODITUS. One of two companions of Paul highly commended by him in Phil 2:25–30. The epithets are striking: “my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, and your messenger [apostolon] and minister to my need” (Phil 2:25, RSV). He had expended great energy both on behalf of the work of Christ
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
EPAPHRODITUS. A Macedonian Christian from Philippi. There are no grounds for identifying him with Epaphras of Col. 1:7; 4:12, or Phm. 23. His name means ‘comely’ or ‘charming’. Paul calls him your messenger (hymōn apostolon, Phil. 2:25), where the word used is one more frequently translated elsewhere
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Epaphroditus (Gk. Epaphróditos)A Christian sent by the Philippian church to deliver gifts to the imprisoned Paul and help him (Phil. 4:18). Epaphroditus then became ill and nearly died. Paul called him his brother, fellow worker (Gk. synergós), fellow soldier (systratîtēs), and the Philippians’
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Epaphroditus [ĭ păfˊrə dīˊtəs] (Gk. Epaphroditos “handsome”; cf. Lat. venustus).† A Christian from Philippi who was sent by the local church to present a gift to Paul during his first imprisonment (Phil. 2:25, “messenger”; Gk. apóstolos “one sent”). Epaphroditus also performed evangelistic
Catholic Bible Dictionary
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Epaphroditus. A ‘brother, and fellow-worker, and fellow-soldier’ of St *Paul, mentioned only in Phil. (2:25 and 4:18; and perhaps also 4:3). He carried a gift from Philippi to Paul and returned, probably bearing the Ep. to the Philippians. There is no reason to identify Epaphroditus with the Epaphras