ERASTUS (ē-răs'tŭs, Gr. Erastos, beloved). A name that occurs three times, each time denoting a friend of Paul:
2. The treasurer of the city of Corinth whom Paul mentions as saluting the Christians at Rome (
3. Probably the same man is designated in
ERASTUS ĭ răs’ təs (̓́Εραστος, G2235, beloved). A common Gr. name, occurring in the NT on three distinct occasions as a companion of Paul. 1. An assistant, sent with Timothy from Ephesus into Macedonia on an errand (
2. The “city treasurer” (οἰκονόμος, G3874) of Corinth who sent greetings to the Christians in Rome (
3. Paul’s travel companion left behind at Corinth (
It is uncertain whether any two of these men, or all three, are identical.
For the inscr. see H. J. Cadbury, JBL, L (1931), 42-58; W. Miller, BS, 88 (1931), 342-346. For the identification, H. P. Liddon, Explanatory Analysis of St. Paul’s(1893), 304; G. S. Duncan, St. Paul’s Ephesian Ministry (1929), 79ff.; R. C. H. Lenski, Interpretation of the (1936), 926.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
The name occurs three times, each time denoting a companion of Paul.
(1) Erastus was sent with Timothy from Ephesus into Macedonia while Paul remained in Asia for a while. They are designated "two of them that ministered unto him" (
(2) "Erastus the treasurer of the city" sent greetings to the Christians in Rome (
(3) Erastus is one who, in
We have no means of discovering whether one or more than one person is meant in these references. A. C. Headlam (HDB, under the word) thinks it improbable that one who held an office implying residence in one locality should have been one of Paul’s companions in travel. On the other hand Paul may be designating Erastus (