RUFUS (rū'fŭs, Gr. Rhouphos). The brother of Alexander and the son of Simon of Cyrene who bore the cross (Mark.15.21). A Rufus is also greeted by Paul in Rom.16.13: “Rufus, chosen in the Lord, and his mother, who has been a mother to me, too,” is the apostle’s affectionate wording. If the two references are to one man, it may be conjectured that Simon or Simon’s widow became a Christian and emigrated from Cyrene to Rome, this being the reason for Mark’s cryptic reference. Mark was probably writing in Rome.