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is one of Paul's companions in the New Testament
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. He is mentioned five times (Acts 20:4
; Colossians 4:7
; Ephesians 6:21
; 2 Timothy 4:12
; Titus 3:12
- Acts 20:4 states that Tychicus was from the Roman province of Asia
- The Western text
The Western text-type is one of several text-types used in textual criticism to describe and group the textual character of Greek New Testament manuscripts...
indicates that he was an Ephesian.
- In Ephesians 6:21, Paul calls Tychicus a "dear brother and faithful servant in the Lord" (NIV),
- while in Colossians
The Epistle of Paul to the Colossians, usually referred to simply as Colossians, is the 12th book of the New Testament. It was written, according to the text, by Paul the Apostle to the Church in Colossae, a small Phrygian city near Laodicea and approximately 100 miles from Ephesus in Asia...
, he says he is "a dear brother, a faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord."
In both Ephesians and Colossians, Paul indicates that he is sending Tychicus to the Christians to whom he is writing, in order to encourage them.
The Catholic Encyclopedia
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notes that different traditions make him out to be the Bishop
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of Colophon, Chalcedon
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or Neapolis in Cyprus
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Hippolytus of Rome lists Tychicus as one of the seventy disciples
The seventy disciples or seventy-two disciples were early followers of Jesus mentioned in the Gospel of Luke . According to Luke, the only gospel in which they appear, Jesus appointed them and sent them out in pairs on a specific mission which is detailed in the text...
. His feast is kept on 29 April.