18, 22 – Identity of the nameless brother Theology

Greek (WH): συνεπέμψαμεν δὲ μετ’αὐτοῦ τὸν ἀδελφὸν οὗ ὁ ἔπαινος ἐν τῷ εὐαγγελίῳ διὰ πασῶν τῶν ἐκκλησιῶν

NETWORK: “And with him we send the brother who is praised by all churches for his work in spreading the gospel.”

Who was the unnamed brother (τὸν ἀδελφὸν) who accompanied Titus (see verses 16-17)? No teaching seems to relate to knowing his identity, but the question has routinely preoccupied scholars. Compare also 2 Cor. 8:22.

Ellicott warns us that we can only suspect this brother’s identity, but he agrees with the statistics and states that it could have been Luke.

Barnes reflects the same uncertainty as Ellicott, but he suggests Luke as Titus’ companion and reminds him that this conclusion is far from certain. On the other hand, the Cambridge Bible states that the brother could have been Luke, Trophimus or Tychicus.

I’m not sure who the anonymous brother was, but I do tend to Timothy because of his role as one of Paul’s συνεργοί.


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