Tryphaena and Tryphosa
Categories: Women in the Early Church
- Supposedly these two were sisters.
- Their names mean “dainty” and “delicate,” which probably indicates they were from an aristocratic family.
- There is some irony in Paul’s identification of them as women who “work hard in the Lord.” They traded a potential life of ease to be hard workers in the early church.
- It is also noteworthy that in the Acts of Paul and Thecla (a non-canonical book), Thecla is saved by a woman named Tryphaena, who is identified as Caesar's kinswoman. Scholars believe Tryphaena was probably Thecla’s patron. It is not known whether they are one and the same person.
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