Artemas

ARTEMAS (ar'tĕ-măs). A companion of Paul at Nicopolis whom Paul expected to send to Crete. He is mentioned only in Titus.3.12. In tradition, he is a bishop of Lystra.


THIRD CENTURY. A Monarchian heretic, he taught that “the Saviour was a mere man.” He maintained that his view had been orthodox at Rome until the time of Bishop Zephyrinus (198-217). Associated with Theodotus at Rome about 195, he lived on to influence Paul of Samosata about 260. The Little Labyrinth attributed to Hippolytus of Rome was written to refute him.


ARTEMAS är’ tə məs (̓Αρτεμα̂ς, G782, contracted form of ̓Αρτεμίδωρος, gift of Artemis). One of two men whom Paul contemplated sending as a replacement for Titus on Crete (Titus 3:12). He must have been a co-worker of considerable ability and experience.

Tradition makes him bishop of Lystra.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

One of the seventy disciples and bishop of Lystra, according to Dorotheus (Bibl. Maxima (Lugd. 1677), III, 429). He is mentioned in Titus 3:12 as one of the faithful companions of Paul. The name is probably Greek, a masculine form of Artemis, or, as has been suggested, a short form of Artemidorus, a common name in Asia Minor. These contracted forms were by no means rare in the Greek world. The Athenian orator, Lysias, was doubtless named after his grandfather, Lysanias, and at first may even have been called Lysanias himself.