Character Study on Zenas

Character Study on Zenas

Titus 3: Bring Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey diligently, that nothing be wanting unto them.

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Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Zenas
ZENAS . A lawyer ( i.e. learned in Jewish law, cf. v. 8) whom St. Paul asks Titus to send to him from Crete, with Apoilos ( Titus 3:13 ). The name is perhaps a contraction from Zenodorus .

A. J. Maclean.

Easton's Bible Dictionary - Zenas
A disciple called "the lawyer," whom Paul wished Titus to bring with him (Titus 3:13 ). Nothing more is known of him.
Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Zenas
In Titus 3:13 Titus is urged to ‘set forward (πρόπεμψον) Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey diligently (σπουδαίως), that nothing be wanting unto them.’ We gather that Zenas and Apollos were fellow-travellers who had come to Crete and were contemplating going elsewhere. Perhaps they were travelling preachers; or Zenas may have been the travelling companion of the eloquent Apollos. Anyhow, Paul asks for them a ‘send-off’ worthy of devoted Christian workers. Zenas is described as a ‘lawyer’ (νομικός). It is likely, therefore, that he was a convert from the ranks of Jewish lawyers-men skilled in the Jewish law. It is significant that he is found in the company of Apollos, whose preaching had a Jewish tinge (cf. article Apollos). Though a convert to Christianity, and evidently a valued worker, he did not shake off his legalism completely; he favoured the Apollos type of preaching rather than the Pauline. It has been suggested that Zenas and Apollos were the bearers of the Epistle. May it be that these men were chosen as messengers to Crete because they were known to have influence amongst Jewish converts from whom the troubles in Crete seem to have chiefly arisen (cf. Titus 3:9)?

Literature.-A. C. Headlam, article ‘Zenas’ in Hasting's Dictionary of the Bible (5 vols) iv.; W. Lock, article ‘Titus,’ ib., p. 782b; J. E. Roberts, article ‘Apollos’ in Dict. of Christian Antiquities ; W. B. Jones, article ‘Zenas’ in Smith’s Dict. of the Bible iii. (for tradition); Expositor , 8th 6er., v. [1913] 329.

J. E. Roberts.

Holman Bible Dictionary - Zenas
(zee' nuhss) Abbreviated form of the personal name Zenodoros meaning, “gift of Zeus.” Christian lawyer whom Paul asked Titus to send, together with Apollos, on his way, lacking nothing (Titus 3:13 ). Paul had in mind, no doubt, material provisions for itinerant evangelistic work. Zenas and Apollos perhaps delivered Paul's letter to Titus.



Hitchcock's Bible Names - Zenas
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Fausset's Bible Dictionary - Zenas
Contracted for Zenodorus. Titus 3:13. A "lawyer," i.e. Jewish scribe, learned in the Hebrew law, who after conversion still retained the title. Paul commends him to Titus, that he should bring Zenas and Apollos on their journey diligently, so that nothing might be wanting to them of necessaries.

Morrish Bible Dictionary - Zenas
A believer and a 'lawyer' (probably one skilled in the law of Moses), whom Titus was to help on his journey. Titus 3:13 .

American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Zenas
A pious lawyer, and a friend of Paul, who, writing from Nicopolis during the last year of his life, commends him and Apollos, then at Crete on a journey, to the kind offices of Titus, Titus 3:13 . His name is Greek, and his profession may have been Greek civil law, rather than Jewish law.

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Zenas - In Titus 3:13 Titus is urged to ‘set forward (πρόπεμψον) Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey diligently (σπουδαίως), that nothing be wanting unto them. ’ We gather that Zenas and Apollos were fellow-travellers who had come to Crete and were contemplating going elsewhere. Perhaps they were travelling preachers; or Zenas may have been the travelling companion of the eloquent Apollos. Zenas is described as a ‘lawyer’ (νομικός). It has been suggested that Zenas and Apollos were the bearers of the Epistle. Headlam, article ‘Zenas’ in Hasting's Dictionary of the Bible (5 vols) iv. Jones, article ‘Zenas’ in Smith’s Dict
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Zenas - Paul commends him to Titus, that he should bring Zenas and Apollos on their journey diligently, so that nothing might be wanting to them of necessaries
ze'Nas, - " It is impossible to determine whether Zenas was a Roman jurisconsult or a Jewish doctor
Zenas - Zenas and Apollos perhaps delivered Paul's letter to Titus
Lawyer - ); 14:3; Titus 3:13 , where Zenas is so named
Accompany - While personal "accompaniment" is not excluded, practical assistance seems to be generally in view, as indicated by Paul's word to Titus to set forward Zenas and Apollos on their journey and to see "that nothing be wanting unto them
ti'Tus - Zenas and Apollos are in Crete, or expected there; for Titus is to send them on their journey, and to supply them with whatever they need for it. In the fragment by the lawyer Zenas, Titus is called bishop of Gortyna
Apollos - The last Bible notice of him is in Titus 3:13, where Paul charges Titus, then in Crete, "bring Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way diligently, that nothing may be wanting to them
Titus, Epistle to - Zenas, the lawyer, and Apollos probably delivered the letter to Titus (1 Timothy 3:13 )
Apollos - ... The last NT reference to Apollos (Titus 3:13) connects him with ‘Zenas the lawyer,’ probably a convert from the Jewish scribes. Paul links Apollos with Zenas in a kindly spirit, but not as if he were an outstanding leader
Titus, Epistle to - ... The Epistle was probably brought to Titus by the hands of Zenas and Apollos (Titus 3:13 )
Titus - " Paul tells Titus to hospitably help forward Zenas the converted Jewish lawyer or scribe and Apollos, with the latter of whom Titus had been already associated in connection with Corinth (1 Corinthians 15:12; 2 Corinthians 7:6; 2 Corinthians 7:9; 2 Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 12:18; Acts 19:1)
Scribes - Christ's minister must be a cf6 "scribe instructed which is unto the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 13:52); such were "Zenas the lawyer" and "Apollos mighty in the Scriptures" (Titus 3:13)
Seventy (2) - ) as follows:—James (brother of the Lord), Timothy, Titus, Barnabas, Ananias, Stephen, Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Simon, Nicolas, Parmenas, Cleopas, Silas, Silvanus, Crescens, Epenetus, Andronicus, Amplias, Urbanus, Stachys, Apelles, Aristobulus, Narcissus, Herodion, Rufus, Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Hermas, Patrobas, Rhodion, Jason, Agabus, Linus, Gaius, Philologus, Olympas, Sosipater, Lucius, Tertius, Erastus, Phygellus, Hermogenes, Dermas, Quartus, Apollos, Cephas, Sosthenes, Epaphroditus, Caesar, Marcus, Joseph Barsabbas, Artemas, Clemens, Onesiphorus, Tychicus, Carpus, Euodius, Philemon, Zenas, Aquila, Priscas, Junias, Marcus (2), Aristarchus, Pudens, Trophimus, Lucas the Eunuch, Lazarus
Christianity - Among the proselytes to Christianity we find Nicodemus, and Joseph of Arimathea, members of the senate of Israel; Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue; Zaccheus, the chief of the publicans at Jericho; Apollos, distinguished for eloquence; Paul, learned in the Jewish law; Sergius Paulus, governor of the island of Cyprus; Cornelius, a Roman captain; Dionysius, a judge and senator of the Athenian areopagus; Erastus, treasurer of Corinth; Tyrannus, a teacher of grammar and rhetoric at Corinth; Publius, governor of Malta; Philemon, a person of considerable rank at Colosse; Simon, a noted sophist in Samaria; Zenas, a lawyer; and even the domestics of the emperor himself