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Stephanas (Greek: Στεφανᾶς, Stephanas, meaning "crowned",[1] from Greek: στεφανόω, stephanoó, "to crown") [2] was a member of the church at Corinth, whose family were among the limited number of believers who the Paul the apostle had baptized there [3] and who Paul refers to as the “first-fruits of Achaia”.[4][5]

He is mentioned by Paul in 1 Corinthians 16:17:

I was glad when Stephanas, Fortunatus and Achaicus arrived, because they have supplied what was lacking from you

Teignmouth Shore, writing in Ellicott's Commentary for Modern Readers, suggests that Stephanas, Fortunatus and Achaicus had come from Corinth to Ephesus, probably with the letter from the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 7:1) to which Paul was sending a response.[6] Paul urged the church in Corinth to "be in subjection to such men and to everyone who helps in the work and labours" and to "acknowledge such men".[7]

Stephanas has been supposed by some to have been the repentant “jailer of Philippi” (comp. Acts 16:33).[citation needed] The First Epistle to the Corinthians was written from Ephesus some six years after the jailer’s conversion, and he was with the apostle there at that time.[2]


  1. ^ Greek word #4734 in Strong's Concordance
  2. ^ a b [1] Easton, Matthew George. "Easton's Bible Dictionary" (also known as "Illustrated Bible Dictionary"), 1897; Hitchcock, Roswell D., Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary
  3. ^ 1 Corinthians 1:14-17
  4. ^ 1 Corinthians 16:15-17
  5. ^ Smith, William, Smith's Bible Dictionary
  6. ^ Ellicott's Commentary for Modern Readers on 1 Corinthians 16, accessed 14 April 2017
  7. ^ 1 Corinthians 16:15-18