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Apollos

APOLLOS (a-pŏl'ŏs, Gr. Apollōs). The short form of Apollonius, an Alexandrian Jew, described in Acts.18.24-Acts.18.25 as a man mighty in the Scriptures, eloquent, fervent in the Spirit, instructed in the way of the Lord, but knowing only the baptism of John. He came to Ephesus after Paul had visited that city on his second missionary journey. There he met [[Aquila and Priscilla]], who had been left there to minister pending the apostle’s return. They heard Apollos speak boldly in the synagogue and, observing that he was deficient in his knowledge of the gospel, they “explained to him the way of God more adequately” (Acts.18.26). It is not easy to determine from the brief account in Acts the precise character of his religious knowledge. Before long he went to Achaia with letters of recommendation from the Ephesian brothers. When he arrived in Corinth, “he was a great help to those who by grace had believed. For he vigorously refuted the Jews in public debate, proving from the Scriptures