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Epaphras

Epaphras [N] [H] [S]

lovely, spoken of by Paul ( Colossians 1:7 ; 4:12 ) as "his dear fellow-servant," and "a faithful minister of Christ." He was thus evidently with him at Rome when he wrote to the Colossians. He was a distinguished disciple, and probably the founder of the Colossian church. He is also mentioned in the Epistle to ( Philemon 1:23 ), where he is called by Paul his "fellow-prisoner."

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M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
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Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for Epaphras". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .

Epaphras [N] [E] [S]

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Hitchcock, Roswell D. "Entry for 'Epaphras'". "An Interpreting Dictionary of Scripture Proper Names". . New York, N.Y., 1869.

Epaphras [N] [E] [H]

(lovely ), a fellow laborer with the apostle Paul, mentioned ( Colossians 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 Pauls estimate of him see ( Colossians 1:7 Colossians 1:8 ; 4:12 )


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[E] indicates this entry was also found in Easton's Bible Dictionary
[H] indicates this entry was also found in Hitchcock's Bible Names

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Smith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Epaphras'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary". . 1901.

EPAPHRAS

ep'-a-fras (Epaphras):

A contracted form of Epaphroditus. He must not, however, be confounded with the messenger of the Philippian community. He was with Paul during a part of his 1st Roman imprisonment, joining in Paul's greetings to Philemon (Philemon 1:23). Epaphras was the missionary by whose instrumentality the Colossians had been converted to Christianity (Colossians 1:7), and probably the other churches of the Lycus had been founded by him. In sending his salutation to the Colossians Paul testified, "He hath much labor for you, and for them in Laodicea, and for them in Hierapolis" (Colossians 4:13). Epaphras had brought to Paul good news of the progress of the gospel, of their "faith in Christ Jesus" and of their love toward all the saints (Colossians 1:4). Paul's regard for him is shown by his designating him "our beloved fellow-servant," "a faithful minister of Christ" (Colossians 1:7), and "a bondservant of Christ Jesus" (Colossians 4:12 margin) . The last designation Paul uses several times of himself, but only once of another besides Epaphras (Philippians 1:1).

S. F. Hunter


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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'EPAPHRAS'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.