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Rom 16:15-16

Discussion in 'Book of Romans' started by clark thompson, Dec 22, 2014.

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    Romans 16:15-16 King James Version (KJV)
    15 Salute Philologus, and Julia, Nereus, and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints which are with them.
    16 Salute one another with an holy kiss. The churches of Christ salute you.
    Romans 16:15-16 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

    15 Greet Philologus, Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all of God’s people who are with them.
    16 Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the Messiah’s congregations send their greetings to you.

    Complete Jewish Bible (CJB) Copyright © 1998 by David H. Stern. All rights reserved.

    These are my thoughts, please share yours.

    15 Philologus and Julias was mentioned together because they were known together either husband and wife or brother and sister or perhaps even to brothers. Nereus and his sister it does not mention his sisters name because she was known as the sister of her brother and not by her own name, that shows that her brother was the one who cared for her and brought food to her and gave her a place to live, she was simply known as the sister. Nereus was named after a Greek mythology but Christian writings are out there that may perhaps tell of this man or just another man given the same name but whether these stories are true are false there being these stories shows that he was a great person in the early church one people wanted to know more about. Olympas may have been a woman but most say was a man, these all are the people Paul looked forward to go see in Rome, these people were the ones that kept the church going and growing with the guidance of the Lord, it had been some time since Paul had been to Rome so he may have not known everyone’s name so he just chooses after mentioning those he knew calls the rest the saints of the church.

    16 It was common at this time to greet with a kiss for men to kiss men on their cheek, kissing women may have not done unless within a marriage or family relationship or dating, kissing hands may have done with women, this may be why Paul says greet them with a kiss and not a kiss on the cheek because doing so with women would not be done. Paul went to church to church and helped found churches in the name of Christ they wanted to greet Rome perhaps almost as much as Paul.

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