Character Study on Stephanas

Character Study on Stephanas

1 Corinthians 1: And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other.
1 Corinthians 16: I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,)
1 Corinthians 16: I am glad of the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus: for that which was lacking on your part they have supplied.

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Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Stephanas
STEPHANAS . A Corinthian, apparently of some importance, whose household were baptized by St. Paul personally ( 1 Corinthians 1:16 ), and are called ‘the first-fruits of Achaia’ ( 1 Corinthians 16:15 ). Stephanas himself had joined the Apostle at Ephesus when he wrote, and was of great assistance to him there.

A. J. Maclean.

Easton's Bible Dictionary - Stephanas
Crown, a member of the church at Corinth, whose family were among those the apostle had baptized (1 Corinthians 1:16 ; 16:15,17 ). He has been supposed by some to have been the "jailer of Philippi" (Compare Acts 16:33 ). The First Epistle to the Corinthians was written from Philippi some six years after the jailer's conversion, and he was with the apostle there at that time.
Holman Bible Dictionary - Stephanas
(sstehf' uh nuhss) Personal name meaning, “crown.” A believer who, along with his family, was baptized by Paul (1 Corinthians 1:16 ). He lived in Achaia and apparently was among the first converts of Paul's ministry there. Stephanas may have delivered a letter from the Corinthian church to Paul while the apostle was in Ephesus (1 Corinthians 16:17 ). From existing evidence it is uncertain whether these two are the same man.



Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Stephanas
In 1 Corinthians 1:16 St. Paul writes: ‘I baptized also the household of Stephanas.’ From 1 Corinthians 16:17 we learn that Stephanas was with St. Paul at the time. Perhaps he reminded the Apostle that his was one of the few cases of personal baptism at St. Paul’s own hands. Usually he left the baptizing to his helpers. Two reasons for the less usual course are suggested in 1 Corinthians 16:15 : ‘Ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the first-fruits of Achaia.’ It was natural for the Apostle to wish to baptize his first converts in Corinth; perhaps there was nobody else to baptize them. Moreover, the baptism of a household marked a real footing gained by Christianity in the city. These ‘first-fruits’ proved themselves valuable helpers: ‘Ye know … that they have set themselves to minister unto the saints.’ Stephanas himself was one of the deputation sent by the Corinthian Church to St. Paul, and was, therefore, a trusted leader. The Corinthian Christians are urged to ‘be in subjection unto such,’ and to ‘acknowledge them that are such.’ Here St. Paul holds up ‘such’ as Stephanas and his household as worthy of imitation and of deference. They seem to have been among the first assistants of the Apostle, outside the inner circle of his chosen companions, and they were specially valuable to the work in Corinth. No doubt their work was a voluntary consecration: there is nothing to indicate an ecclesiastical office. ‘ἔταξαν ἑαυτοὺς … implies a systematic laying out of themselves for service, such as is possible only to those free to dispose, as they choose, of their persons and their time’ (Expositor’s Greek Testament , ‘1 Corinthians,’ London, 1900, in loc.). So the family must have been of independent means, and St. Paul is only asking the spontaneous submission and the respectful deference due to character and hard work. At the same time, there may have been in such voluntary service the germs out of which grew the Church’s local ministry, as A. C. Headlam suggests (Hasting's Dictionary of the Bible (5 vols) iv. 613).

J. E. Roberts.

Fausset's Bible Dictionary - Stephanas
A Christian at Corinth whose household, "the firstfruits of Achaia," Paul baptized (1 Corinthians 1:16; 1 Corinthians 16:15-17). In Romans 16:5 oldest manuscripts read "Asia" for Αchaia . Fortunatus and Achaicus were probably of this household. By joining Paul at Ephesus they with Stephanas supplied means of communion between Paul and the Corinthians, taking his letter back with them. They refreshed his spirit as representatives of the absent Corinthians, they helped and laboured with him. So Paul urges the Corinthians, "acknowledge ye them," by a kindly welcome recognizing their true worth. The partisans of Apollos, Cephas, and Christ, might possibly receive them coldly as having been baptized by Paul, hence he "beseeches" the Corinthians in their behalf. They had "addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints" voluntarily (2 Corinthians 8:4; 2 Corinthians 9:1), namely, to their temporal relief (Romans 15:25; Hebrews 6:10).

Morrish Bible Dictionary - Stephanas
Christian convert at Corinth, who with his household was baptised by Paul: he was 'the firstfruits of Achaia.' 1 Corinthians 1:16 ; 1 Corinthians 16:15,17 .

American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Stephanas
A Christian of Corinth, whose family Paul baptized, the first convert to the gospel in Achaia, probably about A. D. 52,1 Corinthians 1:16 . He was forward in the service of the church, and came to Paul at Ephesus, 1 Corinthians 16:15,17 .

Hitchcock's Bible Names - Stephanas
Crown; crowned

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Fortunatus - Of Stephanas' household probably 1 Corinthians 1:16), which Paul himself baptized. At Ephesus with Stephanas and Achaicus when Paul wrote 1 Corinthians
Stephen - Same as Stephanas
Stephanas - Stephanas . Stephanas himself had joined the Apostle at Ephesus when he wrote, and was of great assistance to him there
Fortunatus - Fortunate, a disciple of Corinth who visited Paul at Ephesus, and returned with Stephanas and Achaicus, the bearers of the apostle's first letter to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 16:17 )
Fortunatus - The name of an apparently young member of the household of Stephanas, and a Corinthian. With Stephanas and Achaicus he visited St
Achaicus - A Christian who, with Stephanas and Fortunatus, visited Paul at Ephesus, by whom the apostle was refreshed in spirit
Stephanas - Paul writes: ‘I baptized also the household of Stephanas. ’ From 1 Corinthians 16:17 we learn that Stephanas was with St. Two reasons for the less usual course are suggested in 1 Corinthians 16:15 : ‘Ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the first-fruits of Achaia. ’ Stephanas himself was one of the deputation sent by the Corinthian Church to St. Paul holds up ‘such’ as Stephanas and his household as worthy of imitation and of deference
Achaicus - A Christian of Achaia, who with Stephanas and Fortunatus was the bearer of Paul's First Epistle to the Corinthians, and recommended in it to their regard, as one of those who supplied his yearning for Christian fellowship and "refreshed his spirit" (1 Corinthians 16:17-18)
Fortuna'Tus - (fortunate ) ( 1 Corinthians 16:17 ) one of the three Corinthians the others being Stephanas and Achaicus, who were at Ephesus when St
Achaichus - (1Corinthians 16:17), one of the members of the church of Corinth who, with Fortunatus and Stephanas, visited Paul while he was at Ephesus, for the purpose of consulting him on the affairs of the church
Achaicus - His presence with Stephanas and Fortunatus encouraged Paul
Achaicus - He was with Stephanas and Fortunatus ( 1 Corinthians 16:17 f
Stephanas - Stephanas may have delivered a letter from the Corinthian church to Paul while the apostle was in Ephesus (1 Corinthians 16:17 )
Onesiphorus - "The household of Stephanas" does not exclude "Stephanas" (1 Corinthians 1:16; 1 Corinthians 16:17) so "the household of Onesiphorus" does not necessarily exclude Onesiphorus
Achaicus - Paul rejoices ‘at the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus. ’ The suggestion that Achaicus was a slave-either of Stephanas or of Chloe-does not comport either with his position as a delegate or with St
Fortunatus - § 65) as accompanying his messengers from Rome to Corinth, but distinguishes him from them; the name, however, is too common for identification (see Achaicus and Stephanas)
Stephanas - By joining Paul at Ephesus they with Stephanas supplied means of communion between Paul and the Corinthians, taking his letter back with them
Corinthians - 57, when the apostle received intelligence respecting the Corinthian church, through the family of Chloe, 1 Corinthians 1:11, and a letter requesting advice, 7:1, probably brought by Stephanas, 16:17
Nereus - possible the ‘household of Stephanas’ in Corinth, who were ‘the firstfruits of Achaia’ and who ‘set themselves to minister unto the saints’ (1 Corinthians 16:15)
Corinth'Ians, First Epistle to the, - The bearers were probably (according to the common subscription) Stephanas, Fortunatus and Achaicus
Jailor - Chrysostom’s attempt to identify him with Stephanas (1 Corinthians 16:15) overlooks the fact that Stephanas was among the ‘firstfruits of Achaia,’ not Macedonia; while a later suggestion that he was Epaphroditus, though it is more probable, lacks adequate data to support it
First-Fruit - Paul mentions two men who were outstanding in their helpfulness-Stephanas and Epaenetus. Thus 1 Corinthians 16:15 : ‘Ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have set themselves to minister unto the saints
Urbanus - the use of the verb in connexion with the household of Stephanas, 1 Corinthians 16:18 : ἵνα καὶ ὑμεῖς ὑποτάσσησθε τοῖς τοιούτοις καὶ παντὶ τῷ συνεργοῦντι καὶ κοπιῶντι)
Deaconess - The conclusion is that the diakonia of Phœbe in Cenchreæ, like the diakonia (‘ministry’) of Stephanas and his household in Corinth ( 1 Corinthians 16:15 ), was a gracious but unofficial ministry to the saints (cf
Persis - Elsewhere κοπιᾶν is employed to describe the Apostle’s missionary labours (1 Corinthians 15:10, Galatians 4:11, Philippians 2:16, Colossians 1:29), as well as the manual toil involved (1 Corinthians 4:12, Ephesians 4:28); also the work of the leaders of the Church at Thessalonica (1 Thessalonians 5:12), of Christians like those who formed ‘the household of Stephanas’ (1 Corinthians 16:16), and of certain elders in 1 Timothy 5:17 ‘who labour in the word and in teaching
Helps - ... We have an instance of the gift of ‘helping’ in Stephanas and his household (1 Corinthians 16:15-18), and it is expressly stated that they ‘appointed themselves to minister to the saints
Baptism - Among the instances of baptism mentioned in apostolic times are: 3000 at Pentecost, Acts 2:41, men and women, including Simon the Sorcerer at Samaria; the Ethiopian Eunuch, 8:12, 13, 38; Saul; Cornelius and his Gentile company, 10:47; Lydia and "her household," 16:15; the Philippian jailer "and all his," 16:33; and "the household of Stephanas," 1 Corinthians 1:16
Gaius - Paul, who points out that in his case, as in the case of Crispus and in that of ‘the household of Stephanas,’ he thus deviated from his usual practice
Bishop - Happily there are now servants of God who care for the saints, those who are 'apt to teach,' and gifted to feed the flock of God; and who, without any apostolic appointment, addict themselves to the work of the ministry, as did the house of Stephanas in early days
Epaenetus - ... For the designation ‘firstfruits’ we must compare the description of the ‘household of Stephanas’ (1 Corinthians 16:15)-‘the firstfruits of Achaia’ (ἀπαρχή τῆς Ἀχαίας)-and note the suggestion that ministry in the Church was connected at first with seniority of faith, a suggestion more than supported by Clement of Rome, Ep
Corinthians, First Epistle to the - He had heard of the abuses and contentions that had arisen among them, first from Apollos (Acts 19:1 ), and then from a letter they had written him on the subject, and also from some of the "household of Chloe," and from Stephanas and his two friends who had visited him (1 Corinthians 1:11 ; 16:17 )
Help, Holpen - Acts 20:35 ; not official functionaries are in view in the term "helps," but rather the functioning of those who, like the household of Stephanas, devote themselves to minister to the saints
Achaia - While 1 Corinthians 16:15 refers to the house of Stephanas as ‘the firstfruits of Achaia,’ Acts 17:34 rather indicates that the Apostle’s brief visit to Athens had already borne some fruit, ‘Dionysius, Damaris, and others with them’ being Achaean believers
Corinth - Paul left the baptism of his converts almost entirely to his subordinates, and himself baptized only Stephanas ( 1 Corinthians 16:15 ), Gaius ( Romans 16:23 ), and Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue ( 1 Corinthians 1:14-16 )
Corinth - This man, unknown to the great, despised by the multitude, rejected as the offscouring of the world, at first associated himself with only two companions, Crispus and Gaius, and with the family of Stephanas
Appoint, Appointed - The house of Stephanas at Corinth had "set themselves" to the ministry of the saints (AV, "addicted"), 1 Corinthians 16:15
Phoebe - the household of Stephanas at Corinth, 1 Corinthians 16:15-16)
Family - It is used (1) for all living under one roof-father, mother, near relations, and dependents-frequently in the NT: Acts 7:10 (Pharaoh), Acts 10:2 and Acts 11:14 (Cornelius), Acts 16:31 (Philippian jailer: so Acts 16:34 πανοικί ‘with all his house,’ here only in NT), Acts 18:8 (Crispus), 1 Corinthians 1:6 (Stephanas), 1 Timothy 3:4 f. ... (c) οἰκία is similarly used for a ‘household’ in Philippians 4:22 (Caesar), Matthew 10:13; Matthew 12:25, John 4:53 (the Capernaum royal officer), 1 Corinthians 16:15 (Stephanas); and therefore for ‘possessions’ in the phrase ‘widows’ houses,’ Mark 12:40, Luke 20:47, and inferior Manuscripts of Matthew 23:14
Baptism - (Cornelius and his friends), Acts 16:15 (Lydia and her household), Acts 16:33 (the Philippian jailer ‘and all his’), Acts 18:8 (Crispus and his house, and many Corinthians), Acts 19:5 (about twelve Ephesians), 1 Corinthians 1:14; 1 Corinthians 1:16 (Crispus, Gaius, and the household of Stephanas)
Corinth - Stephanas, Fortunatus, and Achaicus, were probably the bearers of the epistle (1 Corinthians 16:17-18); see the subscription
Baptism - ’ At Philippi Lydia was baptized ‘and her household’; there also the jailor, ‘and all that were his’ ( Acts 16:15 ; Acts 16:33 ); at Corinth, Crispus and Gaius, and ‘the household of Stephanas’ ( 1 Corinthians 1:14 ; 1 Corinthians 1:16 )
Minister, Ministration - Some can render invaluable help in the local churches, as Stephanas and his household at Corinth (1 Corinthians 16:15), and Phœbe at Cenchreae (Romans 16:1)
Gifts - The generosity of Stephanas (1 Corinthians 16:15), which impelled him at his own expense to journey to the Apostle with Fortunatus and Achaicus (his slaves), is singled out by St
Baptism - (Cornelius and his friends), Acts 16:15 (Lydia and her household), Acts 16:33 (the Philippian jailer ‘and all his’), Acts 18:8 (Crispus and his house, and many Corinthians), Acts 19:5 (about twelve Ephesians), 1 Corinthians 1:14; 1 Corinthians 1:16 (Crispus, Gaius, and the household of Stephanas)
Romans Epistle to the - ’ [Note: AV ‘firstfruits of Achaia’ rests on poor MSS evidence, and is contradicted by " translation="">1 Corinthians 16:15, where Stephanas is so described