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(ee' rehch) Personal name meaning, “beloved.” 1. Disciple Paul sent with Timothy from Ephesus to Macedonia to strengthen the churches during his third missionary journey (Acts 19:22 ). 2 . City financial officer of Corinth who joined Paul in greeting the church at Rome (Romans 16:23 ). He may have been a slave or a freed slave working for the city government; he may well have been a high-ranking and influential government leader—city treasurer. If so, he would have political power, prestige, and probably some wealth. 3. A disciple who remained at Corinth and was not with Paul when he wrote Timothy (2 Timothy 4:20 ). He may have been identical with either of the other men named Erastus or may be a separate individual.

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Erastus'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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