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The president of the synagogue in Corinth during the time of St. Paul. When Paul atempted to preach to the members of the synagogue, he was abused and reviled (Acts 18:5-8). In their wrath the frustrated Jews beat yp Sosthenes, probably believing that he had not presented their case forcefully enough (Acts 18:12-17). It is possible that Sosthenes became a Christian. Paul mentions a companion named Sosthenes in a letter he wrote later to the Corinthians (I Corinthians 1:1). (Etym. Greek s_sthen_s, saving strength.)
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