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People's Dictionary of the Bible
Epaphroditus (e-păf'ro-dî'tus), Venus-like, beautiful. A Christian who was sent from Philippi with contributions for Paul, while prisoner at Rome. There he was sick; and a delightful view is afforded of the apostle's tenderness of spirit by the way in which he speaks of one so dear to himself, and to the Philippian believers. Philippians 2:25-30; Philippians 4:18. He was the bearer of the epistle to Philippi. Some have imagined that he was identical with Epaphras, because the one name is a contracted form of the other; but we have no sufficient grounds for such a conclusion.
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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Epaphroditus'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​rpd/​e/epaphroditus.html. 1893.