Character Study on Sopater

Character Study on Sopater

Acts 20: And there accompanied him into Asia Sopater of Berea; and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus; and Gaius of Derbe, and Timotheus; and of Asia, Tychicus and Trophimus.

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Holman Bible Dictionary - Sopater
(ssahp' uh tuhr) A personal name meaning “sound parentage.” This man accompanied Paul on his final trip to Jerusalem (Acts 20:4 ). Some feel he is the same as “Sosipater” in Romans 16:21 .



Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Sopater, Sosipater
SOPATER, SOSIPATER . These are two forms of the same name; St. Luke, as usual, adopts the more colloquial. 1 . In Acts 20:4 we read that Sopater, son of Pyrrhus (RV [Note: Revised Version.] ), of Berœa, accompanied St. Paul on his journey towards Jerusalem as far as Asia (if these last words are part of the true text), i.e. Troas [see Secundus]. The mention of the father’s name, unusual in NT, is thought by Blass to denote that Sopater was of noble birth; by Alford, to be intended to distinguish him from 2 . A ‘kinsman,’ i.e. fellow-countryman [see Jason], of St. Paul, who sends greetings in Romans 16:21 . It seems unlikely, but not impossible, that these are the same person.

A. J. Maclean.

Easton's Bible Dictionary - Sopater
The father who saves, probably the same as Sosipater, a kinsman of Paul (Romans 16:21 ), a Christian of the city of Berea who accompanied Paul into Asia (Acts 20:4-6 ).
Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Sopater
(Σώπατρος, a common Greek name)

Sopater is mentioned in Acts 20:4 as a companion of St. Paul, who accompanied him from Greece to Asia Minor on his return journey to Palestine, whither he was bearing the offering of the churches ‘for the poor among the saints that are at Jerusalem’ (Romans 15:26). It has been conjectured that all the persons referred to in Acts 20:4 were delegates of their respective communities appointed ‘in the matter of this grace’ (2 Corinthians 8:19). If this was so, we shall suppose that they went all the way to Jerusalem. We know that one of them, Trophimus, did so (Acts 21:29), and evidently also Aristarchus (Acts 27:2). Sopater was perhaps the delegate of the church at BerCEa. He is described as a native of that place (Βεροιαῖος), and was perhaps a Hellenistic Jew, one of those who contrasted so favourably with the Jews of Thessalonica, one of the ‘many’ who believed during the Apostle’s visit (Acts 17:10-14). If he was not a Jew he cannot be identified, as is sometimes suggested, with Sosipater (q.v. [Note: .v. quod vide, which see.] ), whose salutation is sent by St. Paul in Romans 16:21, and who is described as one of the Apostle’s ‘kinsmen,’ i.e. fellow-Jews. Nothing further is known of Sopater than that he was ‘the son of Pyrrhus’ (Σώπατρος Πύρρου), of whom, however, we are entirely ignorant. The patronymic is omitted by Textus Receptus and Authorized Version but is found in א ABDE, several ancient versions, and Revised Version . See article Pyrrhus.

T. B. Allworthy.

Fausset's Bible Dictionary - Sopater
"Son of Pyrrhus" (in the Sinaiticus, Vaticanus, Alexandrinus manuscripts), of Berea, was one of Paul's companions on his return from Greece to Asia, after his third missionary journey (Acts 20:4).

Morrish Bible Dictionary - Sopater
A believer of Berea who accompanied Paul from Greece into Asia. Acts 20:4 . The Editors of the Greek Testament add '[son]of Pyrrhus.'

American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Sopater
A Berean Christian, and one of those who attended Paul from Greece into Asia Minor, Acts 20:4 . He is supposed to have been the kinsman of Paul called Sosipater in Romans 16:21 .

Hitchcock's Bible Names - Sopater
Sosipater

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Sosipater - See Sopater
Sosipater - See Sopater
Sopater, Sosipater - Sopater, SOSIPATER . In Acts 20:4 we read that Sopater, son of Pyrrhus (RV [Note: Revised Version. The mention of the father’s name, unusual in NT, is thought by Blass to denote that Sopater was of noble birth; by Alford, to be intended to distinguish him from 2
Secundus - The Greek of the verse is obscure, but the meaning probably is that Aristarchus and Secundus and those mentioned afterwards went direct to Troas from Corinth and waited there for the Apostle, who came with Sopater by way of Macedonia. See Sopater
Sosip'Ater - Paul, ( Romans 16:21 ) is probably the same person as Sopater of Berea
Sosipater - “Sopater of Berea” (Acts 20:4 ) may be the same
Berea - " Sopater was of this city
Berea - Sopater, one of Paul's companions belonged to this city, and his conversion probably took place at this time (Acts 20:4 )
Sopater - (Σώπατρος, a common Greek name)... Sopater is mentioned in Acts 20:4 as a companion of St. Sopater was perhaps the delegate of the church at BerCEa. Nothing further is known of Sopater than that he was ‘the son of Pyrrhus’ (Σώπατρος Πύρρου), of whom, however, we are entirely ignorant
Berea - A traveling companion on the last leg of his third journey was Sopater of Berea (Acts 20:4 )
Sosipater - Sosipater may be the same as Sopater (q. We know that Sopater did accompany St
Asses - The ship with Luke, Sopater, Aristarchus, etc
Beroea - Paul’s time there was a Jewish community there to which he preached the gospel with success ( Acts 17:10 ; Acts 17:13 [Sopater, a native] Acts 20:4 )
Berea - "... Sopater, or Sosipater, one of them, became Paul's missionary companion (Acts 20:4; Romans 16:21) in returning to Asia from his second visit to Europe, where he had been with him at Corinth
Trophimus - Paul in Macedonia and accompanied him to Asia, and thence preceded him to Troas, where they were joined by the delegates from the other churches-Sopater of Berœa, Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica, Gaius of Derbe, and Timothy
Silas - ] , Sopater Acts 20:4 = Sosipater Romans 16:21 )
Berôa - Paul and his escort set sail for Athens (Acts 17:15), Sopater, who is mentioned in Acts 20:4 as one of St
Macedonia - He loved to re-visit his first European mission-field (Acts 19:21; Acts 20:1-3, 1 Corinthians 16:5, 2 Corinthians 1:20; 2 Corinthians 2:13; 2 Corinthians 7:5; 2 Corinthians 8:1; 2 Corinthians 9:2; 2 Corinthians 9:4), and among other ‘men of Macedonia’ who aided and cheered him were Gaius and Aristarchus (Acts 19:29), Secundus of Thessalonica (Acts 20:4), Sopater of Berœa (Acts 20:4), and Epaphroditus of Philippi (Philippians 2:25)
Dispersion - The names of Barnabas of Cyprus, Philip of Caesarea, Lucius of Cyrene, Timothy of Lystra, Jason of Thessalonica, Sopater of Berœa, Crispus of Corinth, Aquila of Pontus, illustrate how largely the Church’s assets consisted of Jews settled abroad
Dispersion - The names of Barnabas of Cyprus, Philip of Caesarea, Lucius of Cyrene, Timothy of Lystra, Jason of Thessalonica, Sopater of Berœa, Crispus of Corinth, Aquila of Pontus, illustrate how largely the Church’s assets consisted of Jews settled abroad
Romans, Epistle to the - Sosipater, whose name also appears there, may he identified with the Sopater mentioned in Acts 20:4