Character Study on Persis

Character Study on Persis

Romans 16: Salute Tryphena and Tryphosa, who labour in the Lord. Salute the beloved Persis, which laboured much in the Lord.

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Easton's Bible Dictionary - Persis
A female Christian at Rome whom Paul salutes (Romans 16:12 ). She is spoken of as "beloved," and as having "laboured much in the Lord."

Holman Bible Dictionary - Persis
(puhr' ssihss) Personal name meaning, “Persian woman.” Leader in the Roman church whom Paul greeted and commended for diligent service (Romans 16:12 ).



Hitchcock's Bible Names - Persis
Same as Persia
Morrish Bible Dictionary - Persis
A Christian woman at Rome, to whom Paul sent a salutation. He called her, "the beloved Persis, which laboured much in the Lord." Romans 16:12 .

Fausset's Bible Dictionary - Persis
A Christian woman, saluted and praised by Paul (Romans 16:12) as having "laboured much in the Lord"; compare Priscilla' s ministrations as to Apollos (Acts 18:26).

Webster's Dictionary - Persis
(n.) A kind of coloring matter obtained from lichens.

American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Persis
A Roman lady, whom Paul salutes, Romans 16:12 , and calls his beloved sister.

Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Persis
PERSIS. A Christian woman saluted in Romans 16:12 .

Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Persis
(Περσίς, a Greek name)

Persis is a woman saluted by St. Paul in Romans 16:12. She is described as ‘the beloved’ (τὴν ἀγαπητήν), by which may be meant a personal convert and disciple of the Apostle (see C. von Weizsäcker, Apostolic Age, Eng. tr._, i.2 [1897] 394) or one closely associated with him in his work. If so, it may be with intentional delicacy that St. Paul has so described her and not as ‘my beloved,’ the term which he applies to three men whom he salutes (Epaenetus [Romans 16:5], Ampliatus [Romans 16:8], Stachys [Romans 16:9]). On the other hand, ‘the beloved’ may indicate not personal relationship to the Apostle but the affection in which Persis was held by the whole Church to which she belonged and in which she ‘laboured much in the Lord’ (ἥτις πολλὰ ἐκοπίασεν ἐν κυρίῳ). This further description completes our information with regard to Persis. It is noteworthy that the verb κοπιᾶν, which suggests painstaking effort, is used in Romans 16 only of women-of Mary (Romans 16:6), of Tryphaena and Tryphosa (Romans 16:12), and that the description of Persis includes the terms used of these, viz. πολλὰ ἐκοπίασεν (Mary), κοπιώσας ἐν κυρίῳ (Tryphaena and Tryphosa). Elsewhere κοπιᾶν is employed to describe the Apostle’s missionary labours (1 Corinthians 15:10, Galatians 4:11, Philippians 2:16, Colossians 1:29), as well as the manual toil involved (1 Corinthians 4:12, Ephesians 4:28); also the work of the leaders of the Church at Thessalonica (1 Thessalonians 5:12), of Christians like those who formed ‘the household of Stephanas’ (1 Corinthians 16:16), and of certain elders in 1 Timothy 5:17 ‘who labour in the word and in teaching.’ It is therefore impossible to regard the work of Persis and of the other women as limited to practical benevolence, such as the showing of hospitality. The aorist, in contrast to the present used in the same verse of the labours of Tryphaena and Tryphosa, may point to some definite occasion of special importance in the past; or we may suppose that Persis was an aged woman whose active work was over. The sphere in which we shall picture her activities will be determined by our acceptance of the Roman or Ephesian destination of these salutations. The name Persis does not appear in inscriptions of the Imperial household.

T. B. Allworthy.

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Persis - Persis
Persis - (Περσίς, a Greek name)... Persis is a woman saluted by St. On the other hand, ‘the beloved’ may indicate not personal relationship to the Apostle but the affection in which Persis was held by the whole Church to which she belonged and in which she ‘laboured much in the Lord’ (ἥτις πολλὰ ἐκοπίασεν ἐν κυρίῳ). This further description completes our information with regard to Persis. It is noteworthy that the verb κοπιᾶν, which suggests painstaking effort, is used in Romans 16 only of women-of Mary (Romans 16:6), of Tryphaena and Tryphosa (Romans 16:12), and that the description of Persis includes the terms used of these, viz. ’ It is therefore impossible to regard the work of Persis and of the other women as limited to practical benevolence, such as the showing of hospitality. The aorist, in contrast to the present used in the same verse of the labours of Tryphaena and Tryphosa, may point to some definite occasion of special importance in the past; or we may suppose that Persis was an aged woman whose active work was over. The name Persis does not appear in inscriptions of the Imperial household
Persis - He called her, "the beloved Persis, which laboured much in the Lord
Carmonians - A people occupying an extensive district north of the entrance to the Persian Gulf, between Persis on the west and Gedrosia on the east
Tryphaena - The verb, which suggests painstaking effort, is used in Romans 16 of women only-of Mary (Romans 16:6), of Persis (Romans 16:12)-but elsewhere describes apostolic and other ministerial labours. It is unlikely, therefore, that the work of these women was limited to practical benevolence, such as showing hospitality (see article Persis)
Stachys - A woman, Persis (q
Cush - The oriental Cush, comprehending the regions of Persis, Chusistan, and Susiana, in Persia
Persia, Persians - They were for long subject to the more numerous and powerful northern branch (see Medes), from whom, however, they were separated by the country of Elam, through their settlement in the district later called Persis, east of the Persian Gulf
Epaenetus - Persis, a woman, is saluted perhaps with intentional delicacy as ‘the beloved’ (Romans 16:12)
Persia - ... The nation was named for the southernmost region of the area, called Parsis or Persis