Greet Apelles! (Rom 16:10)

“Greet Apelles!

Who is approved

In Christ.

Greet those

Who belong to the family

Of Aristobulus.”

ἀσπάσασθε Ἀπελλῆν τὸν δόκιμον ἐν Χριστῷ. ἀσπάσασθε τοὺς ἐκ τῶν Ἀριστοβούλου.

Paul said to greet Apelles (ἀσπάσασθε Ἀπελλῆν), who was approved in Christ (ὸν δόκιμον ἐν Χριστῷ).  They should also greet (ἀσπάσασθε) those who belonged to the family of Aristobulus (τοὺς ἐκ τῶν Ἀριστοβούλου).  Only the Pauline letters used this word δόκιμον, that means tested, approved, or acceptable.  Paul wanted the Roman Christians to greet Apelles, a tried and true Christian, as well as those from the Aristobulus family.  It was not clear whether Apelles was part of this family or not.  There was no further description of Apelles or the family of Aristobulus.  At the same time, there was no indication of how Paul knew either Apelles or the Aristobulus family.  Do you know a good Christian family?

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