Women of the Bible from A to Z series
A – Apphia, acknowledge in the 2nd verse of Philemon.
"This letter is from Paul, a prisoner for preaching the Good News about Christ Jesus, and from our brother Timothy. I am writing to Philemon, our beloved co-worker, and to our sister Apphia, and to our fellow soldier Archippus, and to the church that meets in your house. May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace." Philemon 1-3
Scholars presume Apphia was the wife of the book’s namesake, Philemon probably because she is listed as Paul thanked them for their hospitality. They lived in the city of Colosse (or Colassa), between Hierapolis and Laodica near the great road from Ephesus to the Euphrates River. [The modern town of Chonas or Chonum now occupies a site near Colosse’s ruins.] Philemon, a much beloved and respected student of the Apostle Paul is also mentioned in the Colossians 4:9.