NYMPHA, NYMPHAS (nĭm'fa, nĭm'făs, Gr. nympha). A believer in Laodicea or Colossae in whose house the church met and to whom Paul sent greetings (
NYMPHA nĭm’ fə (Νύμφα). A Colossian Christian in whose house the Christians had meetings, and to whom Paul sent greetings (
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
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1. A Christian in Laodicea:
A Christian resident in Laodicea, to whom Paul sends salutations in the epistle which he wrote from Rome to the church in Colosse, the latter city being only a very few miles distant from Laodicea. Indeed, so near were they, that Paul directs that the Epistle to the Colossians be read also in Laodicea. Nymphas--or if Nympha be read, then it is a Christian lady who is meant--was a person of outstanding worth and importance in the church of Laodicea, for he had granted the use of his dwelling-house for the ordinary weekly meetings of the church. The apostle’s salutation is a 3-fold one--to the brethren that are in Laodicea, that is to the whole of the Christian community in that city, and to Nymphas, and to the church in his house.
2. The Church in His House:
This fact, that the church met there, also shows that Nymphas was a person of some means, for a very small house could not have accommodated the Christian men and women who gathered together on the first day of every week for the purposes of Christian worship. The church in Laodicea--judging not only from the