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Thread: How usable is Apollos?
August 30th, 2013 11:42 AM #11
Thank you for pronunciation clarification! I was trying to remember where I had heard the name before, as I thought I had come across it quite recently, and I then I remembered it's in the name of a painting that I saw this week in the Tate Britain, by Edward John Poynter (I just looked it up, so I'm pretty sure I'm right, hopefully) which is called "Paul and Apollos". (link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpainti...apollos-201312) The painting is based on a quotation from the Bible, which goes something like "I [Paul] planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow." So there is a bit of artistic credit which comes with the name as well. It's really growing (or should I say 'watering'?) on me now - I just love the way it sounds! Good luck.
August 30th, 2013 11:55 AM #13Senior Member
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Apollos and Apollo are variations of the same name. The man was obviously named for the Greek god. That will be everyone's first association, then Olympic champ Apolo Ono, and, after you explain, some might accept that your son was named for a Christian rather than the pagan god Apollos' parents honored.
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August 31st, 2013 10:23 AM #15Senior Member
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@Ash, here is my husband's reasoning behind why he believes that Apollos wrote the book of Hebrews:
Acts 18:24-28 (New Living Translation)
"Meanwhile, a Jew named Apollos, an eloquent speaker who knew the Scriptures well [emphasis mine], had arrived in Ephesus from Alexandria in Egypt. He had been taught the way of the Lord, and he taught others about Jesus with an enthusiastic spirit and with accuracy. However, he knew only about John’s baptism. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him preaching boldly in the synagogue, they took him aside and explained the way of God even more accurately. Apollos had been thinking about going to Achaia, and the brothers and sisters in Ephesus encouraged him to go. They wrote to the believers in Achaia, asking them to welcome him. When he arrived there, he proved to be of great benefit to those who, by God’s grace, had believed. [Key verse, emphasis added:] He refuted the Jews with powerful arguments in public debate. Using the Scriptures, he explained to them that Jesus was the Messiah."
The book of Hebrews does just that--refutes the Jews (that is, the Hebrews, hence the title) with powerful arguments, using Scriptures to explain that Jesus was the Messiah. Also, Apollos was a native of Alexandria, which was the intellectual capital of the world at the time. If Apollos, an Alexandrian, wrote the book of Hebrews, his upbringing and probable world-class education would explain why he was so quick to site his Scriptural sources and make an irrefutable case.
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August 31st, 2013 11:50 AM #17Member
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