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Narcisus

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(nahr cihss' ssuhss) A common name among both slaves and freedmen meaning, “daffodil.” The Narcissus of Romans 16:11 headed a household, perhaps including slaves and/or associated freedmen, which included some Christians. The most famous Narcissus was a freedman who served as an advisor to Emperor Claudius (A.D. 41-54). He committed suicide shortly after Nero's accession of the throne. It is possible, though not certain, that Paul had this Narcissus in mind.


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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Narcisus'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/hbd/n/narcisus.html. 1991.

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