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The Mission of Epaphroditus (2:25-30)

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This chapter clarifies the nature and purpose of Epaphroditus' mission. It provides a clearer picture of the relationship between Paul, the church and Epaphroditus. In 2:26 Paul describes Epaphroditus' state of mind. First, Epaphroditus is said to have longed after the Philippians. Paul was fully aware that he himself was involved in the controversy. This was suggested on the basis of some similarities between the circumstances of Paul and Epaphroditus, as well as Paul's grief and hurt. In Rom 15:25-28 Paul relates his intention to take the collected money to Jerusalem. The discussion of the term συνεργός in connection with Euodia and Syntyche adds support to the conjecture about Epaphroditus' prosperity and furthermore suggests that just like Euodia and Syntyche and the rest of the συνεργόί, Epaphroditus was also a resident Philippian who opened his house for Christian gatherings.

Keywords: συνεργός; Epaphroditus' mission; Jerusalem; Paul's letter; Philippians

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