Gaius (Rom 16:23)

“Gaius,

Who is host to me

And to the whole church,

Greets you.

Erastus,

The city treasurer,

And our brother Quartus,

Greet you.”

ἀσπάζεται ὑμᾶς Γάϊος ὁ ξένος μου καὶ ὅλης τῆς ἐκκλησίας. ἀσπάζεται ὑμᾶς Ἔραστος ὁ οἰκονόμος τῆς πόλεως καὶ Κούαρτος ὁ ἀδελφός.

Paul said that Gaius (Γάϊος), who is the host (ὁ ξένος μου) to Paul, and to the whole church (καὶ ὅλης τῆς ἐκκλησίας), greets them (ἀσπάζεται ὑμᾶς).  Erastus (Ἔραστος), the city treasurer, and our brother (ὁ ἀδελφός) Quartus (καὶ Κούαρτος), greet them.  Gaius was the Latin name of a Christian of Derbe in Acts, chapter 20:4, and of Macedonia in Acts, chapter 19:29, where he was dragged into the theater in Ephesus with Aristarchus.  Where these mentions of Gaius the same person as in 1 Corinthians, chapter 1:14?  The third Epistle of John, chapter 1:1, was also addressed to Gaius.  This Gaius was the host to Paul in Corinth and to the whole community, so that he must have been a person with some wealth.  Erastus may also have been wealthy, as he was a treasurer or steward in Corinth, a political office of high civic status, “the manager of the household or of household affairs” or a “treasurer.”  A person named Erastus was also mentioned in 2 Timothy, chapter 4:20, and Acts, chapter 19:22, probably the same person.  The believing brother Quartus was only mentioned here and nowhere else in the Greek biblical literature.  Do you have friends that are important or wealthy?

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