Erastus in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
e-ras'-tus (Erastos, "beloved"): The name occurs three times,
each time denoting a companion of Paul.
(1) Erastus was sent with Timothy from Ephesus into Macedonia
while Paul remained in Asia for a while. They are designated
"two of them that ministered unto him" (Acts 19:22).
(2) "Erastus the treasurer of the city" sent greetings to the
Christians in Rome (Rom 16:23). He was apparently an important
person in the Corinthian community, and with Gaius probably
represented that church in these fraternal relations with the
(3) Erastus is one who, in 2 Tim 4:20, "remained at Corinth."
We have no means of discovering whether one or more than one
person is meant in these references. A. C. Headlam (HDB, under
the word) thinks it improbable that one who held an office
implying residence in one locality should have been one of
Paul's companions in travel. On the other hand Paul may be
designating Erastus (Rom 16:23) by an office he once held, but
which he gave up to engage in mission work.
S. F. Hunter
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