Nymphas meaning "nymph" is a person mentioned in the New Testament, either a woman or a man, depending on accenting of the Greek text, in the New Testament saluted by Paul of Tarsus in his Epistle to the Colossians as a member of the church of Laodicea (Colossians 4:15). It is possibly a contraction of Nymphodorus (if one ascribes to the masculine minority reading). The church met in her (or his) house. According to Ben Witherington III, the masculinization of Nymphas's name is one of a series of anti-feminist redactions in the Western text-type manuscripts.[1]

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Wikisource This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainEaston, Matthew George (1897). "Nymphas". Easton's Bible Dictionary (New and revised ed.). T. Nelson and Sons.


  1. ^ Witherington, Ben (1984). "The Anti-Feminist Tendencies of the 'Western' Text in Acts". Journal of Biblical Literature. 103 (1): 82–84.