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 extensive ministry in Asia Minor from 52 to 55 (cf. 19:8–10; 20:31). Indeed, most of what we know about Tychicus is related to the churches of Asia.
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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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