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Jesus, Justus

JESUS, JUSTUS (̓Ιησοῦς, G2652, for Heb. Joshua, Jehovah is salvation; ̓Ιοῦστος, G2688, a Lat. name meaning just, righteous). Jesus surnamed Justus, mentioned only in Colossians 4:11, was a Jew converted to Christianity. A double name was common among Jews and proselytes (cf. DeissBS, pp. 315, 316) and prob. the appellation Justus denoted obedience and devotion to the law. During Paul’s imprisonment at Rome Justus, along with Aristarchus and Barnabas, was a co-worker who offered comfort to Paul.