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Epaphroditus

Epaphroditus [N] [H] [S]

fair, graceful; belonging to Aphrodite or Venus the messenger who came from Phillipi to the apostle when he was a prisoner at Rome (Phil 2:25-30 ; 4:10-18 ). Paul mentions him in words of esteem and affection. On his return to Philippi he was the bearer of Paul's letter to the church there.

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M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

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Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for Epaphroditus". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .

Epaphroditus [N] [E] [S]

agreeable; handsome
Hitchcock's Dictionary of Bible Names. Public Domain. Copy freely.

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Bibliography Information

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

Epaphroditus [N] [E] [H]

(lovely ), the full name of which Epaphras is a contraction. ( Philippians 2:25 ; 4:18 )


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[E] indicates this entry was also found in Easton's Bible Dictionary
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Bibliography Information

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

EPAPHRODITUS

e-paf-ro-di'-tus (Epaphroditos, "lovely"):

Mentioned only in Philippians 2:25; 4:18. The name corresponds to the Latin Venustus (= handsome), and was very common in the Roman period. "The name occurs very frequently in inscriptions both Greek and Latin, whether at full length Epaphroditus, or in its contracted form Epaphras" (Lightfoot, Philippians, 123). Epaphroditus was the delegate of the Christian community at Philippi, sent with their gift to Paul during his first Roman imprisonment. Paul calls him "my brother and fellow-worker and fellow-soldier." "The three words are arranged in an ascending scale:

common sympathy, common work, common danger and toil and suffering" (Lightfoot, l. c.). On his arrival at Rome, Epaphroditus devoted himself to "the work of Christ," both as Paul's attendant and as his assistant in missionary work. So assiduously did he labor that he lost his health, and "was sick nigh unto death." He recovered, however, and Paul sent him back to Philippi with this letter to quiet the alarm of his friends, who had heard of his serious illness. Paul besought for him that the church should receive him with joy and hold him in honor.

S. F. Hunter


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