Archippus

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Archippus (literally, "master of the horse"), a Christian evangelist, preached in Colossae at the time of the writings of Paul.

Little is positively known about Archippus. Everything we do know comes from two verses in the New Testament. Archippus was a "fellow soldier" of Paul's (Philemon 2), who Paul exhorts to renewed evangelistic activity (Colossians 4:17).

He might have been a member of Philemon's family, or the pastor of the local church that Philemon hosted, or both. (ca. A.D. 62) It is unlikely, however, that Archippus was responsible for the conversion of Philemon, because in Philemon 19, Paul takes credit for that.

Tradition says he was one of the 70 disciples (Luke 10:1).

Philemon vv.1-3: Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother, unto Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellow labourer, and to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church in thy [i.e., Philemon's] house: Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

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