[a POL lus] (destroyer)-- a learned and eloquent Jew from Alexandria in Egypt and an influential leader in the early church. Well-versed in the Old Testament, Apollos was a disciple of John the Baptist and "taught accurately the things of the Lord" <Acts 18:25>. However, while Apollos knew some of Jesus' teaching, "he knew only the baptism of John" <Acts 18:25>. When Aquila and Priscilla, two other leaders in the early church, arrived in Ephesus, they instructed Apollos more accurately in the way of God <Acts 18:26>.

In Corinth, Apollos publicly contended with the Jewish leaders and refuted their objections to Christian teaching. He was apparently quite popular in Corinth, for in <1 Corinthians 1:12> Paul wrote of four parties into which the church at Corinth had become divided: one "following" Apollos, one Paul, one Cephas [Peter], and one Christ. In dealing with this division, Paul compared himself to the one who planted and Apollos to the one who watered what was already planted <1 Cor. 3:6>.

(from Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary)

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