Latin names around a counter-cultural Paul

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In an 'eye-witness account' of 'going to church in the first century' we hear from one 'Publius Valerius Amicius Rufus'. He was visiting Rome from Philippi. There is indeed a Publius Valerius Rufus of Philippi, attested in a Roman inscription, but a century later (AD 144). The additional cogomen (Amicius) is in any case improbable. Yet it was right to have taken the Rufus whose mother protected Paul (Rom 16:13) as a Roman citizen. It was a historically dignified name. And there are far too many Latin names around St Paul for them to be explained mostly as loan-words domesticated into the Greek namestock.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Bible and the business of life
Subtitle of host publicationessays in honour of Robert J. Banks's sixty-fifth birthday
EditorsSimon Carey Holt, Gordon Preece
Place of PublicationHindmarsh, Australia
PublisherATF Press
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)1920691243
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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