Categories: Women in the Early Church
- Persis simply means “a Persian lady.”
- Paul calls her a “dear friend.”
- Because he speaks of her work in the past tense, some scholars have speculated that she might have been sickly or unable to continue her work.
- She is, however, commended for her “hard work in the Lord” in days gone by.
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