Tychicus of Asia

It is evident that the Apostle Paul placed a great deal of confidence in Tychicus, whom he called “a beloved brother, faithful minister, and fellow servant” (Col. 4:7; cf. Eph. 6:21).

Although we are not certain exactly when Tychicus was joined to Paul’s evangelism team, the New Testament provides enough facts about him to warrant a sound conjecture on the subject. The earliest certain information we have on Tychicus (information, that is, apart from Titus 3:12, a text difficult to date) places him in Macedonia and then Troas in early spring of A.D. 58. This data comes from Acts 20:4, which also tells us that Tychicus was a native of Asia Minor.

It seems reasonable, then, to think of his coming under the influence of Paul during the latter’s . . .

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Patrick Henry Reardon is pastor emeritus of All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Church in Chicago, Illinois, and the author of numerous books, including, most recently, Out of Step with God: Orthodox Christian Reflections on the Book of Numbers (Ancient Faith Publishing, 2019).

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