Aristobulus and Narcissus
Categories: Early Church Workers
- Aristobulus was the grandson of Herod the Great and apparently lived in Rome as a private citizen.
- Since Paul does not greet him, but only those in his household, it is plausible to think he had either passed away or was not a Christian.
- If he had died, his slaves would have reverted to the emperor upon his death. And they would have been known as the household of Aristobulus. ·
- Narcissus was a powerful freedman. Someone by that name was put to death by Nero shortly before this letter was written.
- It is interesting that members from his household are identified as being “in the Lord.”
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