Smith’s Bible Dictionary

“Epaphras ” means lovely

Epaphras : 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 Paul's estimate of him see (Colossians 1:7,8; 4:12)

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