Nympha (Nim´fuh)

A Christian member from Laodicea to whom Paul extends greetings (Col 4:15). Ancient manuscripts vary as to whether Nympha (feminine) or Nymphas (masculine) is the correct reading. House-churches such as the one that met in the home of Nympha(s) were a common phenomenon in the early stages of Christianity (Rom 16:23).

Opposite: The Black Obelisk of the Assyrian king Shalmaneser III (ruled 858–824 BCE). Although its shape is inspired by Egyptian obelisks, it does not taper to a pyramid. The second row from the top depicts “Jehu, son of Omri.”

Col 4:15

15Give my greetings to the brothers and sisters in Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house.

Rom 16:23

23Gaius, who is host to me and to the whole church, greets you. Erastus, the city treasurer, and our brother Quartus, greet you.

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