FORTUNATUS (fôr-tū-nā'tŭs, Gr. Phortounatos, blessed, fortunate). A Christian who came with two others to bring gifts from the Corinthian church to Paul when he was about to leave Ephesus in a.d. 59 (1Cor.16.17).

FORTUNATUS for’ chə nā’ təs (Φορτουνα̂τος, G5847, Gr. form of Lat. Fortunatus, blessed or fortunate. Both Lat. and Gr. forms occur in papyri and inscrs.). A prominent member of the Corinthian church, mentioned only in 1 Corinthians 16:17, but some MSS also insert it in v. 15. He is named second in a three-man delegation which brought a letter from the church (1 Cor 7:1) to Paul at Ephesus. Their presence “refreshed” Paul, giving him the desired contact with that church. They apparently returned with our 1 Corinthians, which the subscription in the TR affirms.

Some forty years later Clement (Ep. ad Cor. LIX) mentions a Fortunatus whom he distinguishes from his messengers to Corinth. The commonness of the name and the time lapse make identification uncertain.


R. C. H. Lenski, Interpretation of I Corinthians (1935), 797-800.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)


A Roman proper name turned into Gr; same as Latin adjective fortunatus, meaning "blest," or "fortunate." Found only once in the Bible (1Co 16:17). Fortunatus, with Stephanas and Achaicus, was an amabassador of the Corinthian church, whose presence at Ephesus refreshed the spirit of the apostle Paul.