Greet Urbanus! (Rom 16:9)

“Greet Urbanus!

Our fellow worker

In Christ.

Greet my beloved Stachys!”

ἀσπάσασθε Οὐρβανὸν τὸν συνεργὸν ἡμῶν ἐν Χριστῷ καὶ Στάχυν τὸν ἀγαπητόν μου.

Paul said to greet Urbanus (ἀσπάσασθε Οὐρβανὸν), their fellow worker (τὸν συνεργὸν ἡμῶν) in Christ (ἐν Χριστῷ).  He also wanted them to greet his beloved Stachys (καὶ Στάχυν τὸν ἀγαπητόν μου).  Only the Pauline letters used this word συνεργὸν, that means a fellow worker, associate, or helper.  Paul wanted the Roman Christians to greet Urbanus, a fellow Christian worker.  Who is this Urbanus?  There was no further description about him except that he was a Christian worker.  There was no indication of how Paul knew about him either.  Then there was his beloved Stachys, another unknown person, whom Paul somehow knew, without any information as to how and where he knew Stachys.  Do you know a lot of Christian people?

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