Romans 16:22 – Tertius


Romans 16:22


Tertius identifies himself as the writer of the letter to the Romans.


In Romans 16:22, near the end of the letter, a person named Tertius writes in the first person to identify himself as the letter’s writer and to send greetings to the Roman churches. The fact that his greetings are “in the Lord” implies that he is a Christian. Although Paul is the author of the letter to the Romans, he apparently dictated it to Tertius, who put it into writing as Paul’s scribe or amanuensis. Paul also apparently used scribes to write the majority of 1 Corinthians, Galatians, and perhaps Philemon, evidenced by his indication toward the end of these letters of when he is writing a portion with his own hand (1 Corinthians 16:21; Galatians 6:11; Philemon 19). Scholars debate how much freedom Paul’s scribes may have had in shaping the content of his letters. In any case, Paul’s use of scribes reflects the fact that he does not work alone, but rather has teams of people who support his ministry in various ways.