Posts from April 2019

New Testament minor figure, Tychicus

Ephesians 6:21-22 HCSB Tychicus, our dearly loved brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will tell you all the news about me so that you may be informed. 22 I am sending him to you for this very reason, to let you know how we are and to encourage your hearts. Colossians 4:7-9 HCSB Tychicus, our dearly loved brother, faithful servant, and fellow slave in the Lord, will tell you all the news about me. 8 I have sent him…

New Testament minor figure, Onesimus

Philemon 1:8-20 HCSB For this reason, although I have great boldness in Christ to command you to do what is right, 9 I appeal ⌊to you⌋, instead, on the basis of love. I, Paul, as an elderly man and now also as a prisoner of Christ Jesus, 10 appeal to you for my son, Onesimus. I fathered him while ⌊I was⌋ in chains. 11 Once he was useless to you, but now he is useful both to you and to…

New Testament minor figures, Priscilla & Aquila

Acts 18:1-3, 24-28 Romans 16:3-5 Whether one says Aquila & Priscilla or Priscilla & Aquila or use the formal name Prisca these two minor figures of the New Testament occupy a prominent place in the life of several Churches in the first century. Apparently, this husband and wife team were part of the Jews forced to leave Rome under the cruel and unjust edict of Claudius who expelled all Jews from Rome in 52 ad. It was reported to Claudius…

New Testament minor figure, John Mark

Acts 12:25, 13:5, 15:35-11 Colossians 4:10 2 Timothy 4:11 1 Peter 5:13 In the judgement of many, the Gospel of Mark is the first of the Gospel accounts. The Gospel accounts attributed to Mark, Luke and John do not include the names of the writers. However, there is one incident recorded which may actually include John Mark in the Gospel of Mark. The account surrounds the arrest of Jesus our Lord and the forsaking of the disciples, Mark 14:51 Now…

New Testament minor figure, Dorcas (Tabitha)

Acts 9:36-43 NKJV At Joppa there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and charitable deeds which she did. 37 But it happened in those days that she became sick and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. 38 And since Lydda was near Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent two men to him, imploring him not to…