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Sosthenes /ˈsɒsθə.niːz/ (Greek: Σωσθένης, Sōsthénēs, "safe in strength"), was the chief ruler of the synagogue at Corinth. According to the Acts of the Apostles, he was seized by a mob in the presence of Gallio, the Roman governor.[1]


Account of the Acts of the Apostles[]

When the Jews brought Paul to Gallio, the deputy of Achaia, they made insurrection with one accord against Paul and brougth him to the judgment seat, saying "This fellow persuadeth men to worship God contrary to the law."[2] Gallio, discharged their claim responding that their law doesnt apply to the justice of Rome[3].

Then they drave him from the judgment seat[4]. Then the greeks took Sosthenes, the chief ruler and beat him before the judgment seat[5]. Though their motives were unclear of what certainty they beat him for.

Account of the First Epistle to the Corinthians[]

In 1 Corinthians 1:1-2, Sosthenes is identified as a "brother" which means a fellow believer. Though it is not clear whether this identification is tenable.

One of the Seventy Disciples[]

He is listed among one of the seventy disciples in the Gospel of Luke, which makes him one of the people who witnessed the miracles of the Holy Spirit[6]. It has also been claimed that Sosthenes may refer to Crispus[7][8] though it is arbitrary and unsupported.


  1. Acts 18:12-17 (Link)
  2. Acts 18:12-13 (Link)
  3. Acts 18:14-15 (Link)
  4. Acts 18:15 (Link)
  5. Acts 18:17 (Link)
  6. Luke 10:1 (Link)
  7. Acts 18:18 (Link)
  8. 1 Corinthians 1:14 (Link)