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.
|Title of host publication||The Bible and the business of life|
|Subtitle of host publication||essays in honour of Robert J. Banks's sixty-fifth birthday|
|Editors||Simon Carey Holt, Gordon Preece|
|Place of Publication||Hindmarsh, Australia|
|Number of pages||17|
|Publication status||Published - 2004|