Achaicus of Corinth

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Saint

Achaicus of Corinth
BornGreek: Achaikos
HometownCorinth, Peloponnese, Greece
Venerated inEastern Orthodox Church, Roman Catholic Church
FeastJune 15

Achaicus (Achaikos, "belonging to Achaia")[1] was a Corinthian Christian who according to the Bible, together with Fortunatus and Stephanas, carried a letter from the Corinthians to St. Paul, and from St. Paul to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 16:17; cf. also 16:15).[2][3]

Life[edit]

By Eastern Orthodox Church tradition, Achaicus is also often numbered as one of the Seventy disciples, a group of early followers sent out by Jesus in Luke's gospel. The Biblical account does not mention the names of the seventy disciples, but various lists including Achaicus have been compiled since the 7th century,[4] such as in the Orthodox Study Bible.[5] It's not known whether the three Corinthians walked to Ephesus, a distance of about 900 miles, or crossed the Aegean Sea by ship in two weeks or more. We don't know whether the trip to Ephesus "was a specially commissioned assignment or a regular part of other responsibilities that brought them to the area anyway". But we know for sure they reliably carried two letters and linked a pastor to his people.[6]

Veneration[edit]

Achaicus is venerated as saint by Eastern Orthodox Church, Roman Catholic Church and other Christian Churches. In the Orthodox Church, he is commemorated with a feast day on June 15, with his companion Fortunatas.[5] He is also remembered on the Synaxis of the Seventy Apostles on January 4.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Achaicus Retrieved on 29 Mar 2018
  2. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Achaicus". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.
  3. ^ Orchard, Bernard (1982). A Synopsis of the Four Gospels, in a New Translation. Mercer University Press. p. 49.
  4. ^ Metzger, Bruce (1980). New Testament Studies: Philological, Versional, and Patristic. BRILL. p. 31. ISBN 978-90-04-06163-7.
  5. ^ a b The Orthodox Study Bible. Thomas Nelson. 2008. p. 1822. ISBN 978-1-4185-7636-3.
  6. ^ The ripple effect: Stephanas, Fortunatus, and Achaicus Retrieved on 29 Mar 2018
  7. ^ "Synaxis of the Seventy Apostles". Orthodox Church in America. Retrieved 19 August 2013.