A Christian friend and fellow-laborer of Paul, a Corinthian, and chamberlain-that is, steward or treasurer-of the city. He followed Paul to Ephesus, and attended Timothy in a mission to Macedonia, Ac 19:22. He was again at Corinth when Paul wrote to the Romans, Ro 16:23; and remained there when Paul went as a prisoner to Rome, 2Ti 4:20.
beloved. (1.) The "chamberlain" of the city of Corinth (Ro 16:23), and one of Paul's disciples. As treasurer of such a city he was a public officer of great dignity, and his conversion to the gospel was accordingly a proof of the wonderful success of the apostle's labours.
(2.) A companion of Paul at Ephesus, who was sent by him along with Timothy into Macedonia (Ac 19:22). Corinth was his usual place of abode (2Ti 4:20); but probably he may have been the same as the preceding.
Chamberlain, i.e. city steward and treasurer of Corinth (Ro 16:23). The conversion of so prominent a man marks the great success of Paul's labors there. He ministered to Paul, accompanying him on his last journey to his second imprisonment at Rome; but "abode at Corinth," going no further, as Paul notes (2Ti 4:20) to depict his utter desertion by man. Erastus the missionary is perhaps distinct, as a chamberlain's office would hardly admit of continued missionary journeys (Ac 19:22).
The name occurs thrice in NT among the Pauline company. An Erastus sends greetings in Ro 16:23, and is called 'the treasurer (AV 'chamberlain') of the city' (Corinth). The Erastus who was sent by St. Paul from Ephesus to Macedonia (Ac 19:22), and who later remained in Corinth (2Ti 4:20), is perhaps the same.
A. J. Maclean.
2. Chamberlain or treasurer of Corinth. Ro 16:23. Perhaps the same as No. 1.
1. One of the attendants of St. Paul at Ephesus, who with Timothy was sent forward into Macedonia.
(A.D. 51.) He is probably the same with Erastus who is again mentioned in the salutations to Timothy.
2. Erastus the chamberlain, or rather the public treasurer, of Corinth, who was one of the early converts to Christianity.
According to the traditions of the Greek Church, he was first treasurer to the church at Jerusalem, and afterwards bishop of Paneas.