The family of St Paul

Not a topic that attracts much attention. But I was struck by this line from the end of the letter to the Romans (in morning prayer today):

Greet Andronicus and Junia, my relatives who were in prison with me; they are prominent among the apostles, and they were in Christ before I was.

Perhaps the famous conversion experience on the Road to Damascus followed on from some serious family conversation and prayers.

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One thought on “The family of St Paul

  1. Given how many other people are referenced as relatives of some sort in that passage, surely that is just as likely to be a reference to family in Christ?

    We have Phoebe in v.1 as sister, Herodion in v.11 (same word as Andronicus and Junia), the entire church at Rome in v.17 as brothers, Lucius and Jason and Sosipater in v.21 (also same word). And ἀδελφος is just the normal word for brother until the Church adopts it for other Christians. συγγενής seems to come with an even greater breadth of meaning before Paul gets hold of it.

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