Greet Epaenetus! (Rom 16:5)

“Greet also the church

In their house!

Greet my beloved Epaenetus,

Who was the first convert

In Asia

For Christ.”

καὶ τὴν κατ’ οἶκον αὐτῶν ἐκκλησίαν. ἀσπάσασθε Ἐπαίνετον τὸν ἀγαπητόν μου, ὅς ἐστιν ἀπαρχὴ τῆς Ἀσίας εἰς Χριστόν.

Paul said greet also the church (ἐκκλησίαν) in their house (καὶ τὴν κατ’ οἶκον)!  Greet (ἀσπάσασθε) my beloved (τὸν ἀγαπητόν μου) Epaenetus (Ἐπαίνετον), who was the first convert (ὅς ἐστιν ἀπαρχὴ) in Asia (τῆς Ἀσίας) for Christ (εἰς Χριστόν).  Perhaps, many of the people met in the house of Aquila and Priscilla that would have been common for this growing Christian community.  Paul gave a shout out to Epaenetus.  His name never appeared elsewhere in the biblical writings.  However, he seems to be one of the first converts to Christianity in Asia Minor.  Paul called him the first fruit for Christ.  Where this conversion took place is not clear.  Who was the first in your family to be a Christian?

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