Phoebe (also Phebe) was a minister of the church of Cenchreae in Corinth. Paul commended her to the Roman church for her preaching before many, including Paul himself. He instructed the Roman Church to receive her in Jesus Christ in a way that is worthy of Christ's people and to give any help she would have needed because of what she did.
Phoebe comes from the Greek word Φοίβη (foy'-bay). Φοίβη is the feminine version of Φοῖβος (foy'-bos), which means "bright".
- ↑ Romans 16:1; she is called a ''diakonos'', which is commonly translated as servant but normally refers to a minister or deacon. (Link)
- ↑ Romans 16:2; Paul said she had been a ''prostatis'' to many. ''Prostatis'' literally means "to stand before", thus she was a minister who stood (or preached) before many. (Link)