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Chloe's People

Aegean SeaThere is a reference in 1 Corinthians 1.11-17 to "Chloe's people." It reads, "My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe's household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. What I mean is this: One of you says, 'I follow Paul'; another, 'I follow Apollos'; another, 'I follow Cephas [that is "Peter"]'; still another, 'I follow Christ.'" "Chloe's household" sometimes translated as "Chloe's people" were a group of individuals who journeyed across the Aegean Sea from Corinth to Ephesus with the disturbing report about factions within the Corinthian church. Chloe's "people" may be a pseudonym for Chloe's household, which would have included members of her family and employees. Professor Gordon Fee (1934- present) the American Christian theologian, suggests that Chloe "was a wealthy Asian woman whose business interests caused her agents to travel between Ephesus and Corinth." If true, her economic means and concern for the church suggest that she also may have had a significant role in one of the house churches."✞

Gaius's Baptism

Corinthian House Church LeaderSaint Paul names Gaius, one of three individuals he commends in the closing chapter of Romans, which he wrote from Corinth. This explicit reference to Gaius in 1 Corinthians 1.14 on his baptism by Paul, "who is host to me and to the whole church" leaves little doubt in Romans 16.23 that he too was another benefactor of the church. Paul also sends greetings from Erastus, "the city treasurer," and another brother, Quartus in Romans 16.23. While Erastus may not have been one of Paul's fellow workers, his position gave him a higher social rank and economic status than most people, perhaps enough to make him another patron of a house church.✞

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by Ron Meacock © 2017

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