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(contracted from “Apollonios”), a Jew from Alexandria versed in the Scriptures and trained in rhetoric, appeared as a Christian apostle independent of Paul in Ephesus and Corinth (Acts 18:24–19:1; 1 Cor 1:12; 3:4ff.; 4:6; 16:12). The partisan dispute at Corinth (1 Cor 1:12) was probably triggered by his pneumatic wisdom preaching, which Paul attacks in 1 Cor 1–4. Luke represents him as an incompletely Christianized disciple of John, thus papering over the Corinthian conflict and Apollos's rivalry with Paul…

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Sellin, Gerhard, “Apollos”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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