And Who Were They?

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While reading Philippians this week, I noticed a lot of names I did not know. I wanted to know who these people were and why they were significant to the Church at Philippi.

Timothy:

Timothy is a prominent name person. I mean, he does have two books of the Bible named after him, but who is he?

According to biblestudytools.com, “Timothy was one of the best known of Paul’s companions and fellow-laborers. He was evidently one of Paul’s own converts.” Most of what we know about Timothy is from others’ writings of him. His grandmother’s name was Lois, and his mother’s name was Eunice. He was Jewish but was not circumcised. Timothy was a preacher. The Church at Philippi was excited to learn that Timothy would be coming to them.

Epaphroditus:

Pronounced: EE-pae-froh-dAY-tuhs (www.pronouncenames.com)

Philippians 2:25-29 is the only mention of Epaphroditus in the Bible. At some point, Epaphroditus had been very sick and almost died. His main job was” straightforward; take the monetary gift from Philippi and bring it to Paul to help support his preaching of the gospel.” (www.bible.ca) This job would have taken  a lot of time and respect for the Church.

Euodia and Syntyche:

These two women are mentioned in Philippians 4:2. They were leaders in the Church at Philippi. “It was not unusual for women to have leadership roles in Philippi… It has been well documented that Macedonian women enjoyed greater freedoms, rights, and powers than many other women of that time.” (newlife.id.au) While researching, there were many websites that said these two women were fighting, and that is why Paul is “entreating” the two women to ” agree in the Lord.” In the English Standard Version of the Bible, I do not see that these women are fighting.

Clement:

According to newlife.id.au, we do not know who Clement was. All we know is that he worked with Euodia and Syntyche. However, according to www.christianity.com, this is a future bishop. “Interpreters make no question that this is the same Clement who succeeded St. Paul, after Linus and Anaclet, in the government of the church of Rome.” Clement is written about in apostolic books. According to the apostolic books, Clement was a constant follower of Paul. Clement became bishop in 91 AD.

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