🔼The name Justus in the Bible
There are three men with the surname Ιουστος (Ioustos, Justus) in the Bible:
- Joseph Barsabbas, also known as Justus. He was one of the two candidates to replace Judas among the twelve apostles, but he lost from Matthias (Acts 1:23).
- Titius Justus, in whose house in Corinth Paul stayed for eighteen months. That house was conveniently located adjacent to the synagogue (Acts 18:7).
- Jesus Justus, who was with Paul in Rome but whose greetings to the church in Colossae was included in Paul's letter (Colossians 4:11).
🔼Etymology of the name Justus
The name Justus is undoubtedly Latin, and is equal to the adjective justus, justa, justum. It's obviously related to our English words just and justice, and Lewis and Short (A Latin Dictionary) give a long list of applications. Justus may mean just, upright, righteous, lawful, legitimate, true or proper. On occasion it's used to mean moderate, mild, gentle or easy, and as a legal term (especially in plural) it denotes rights, privileges or even due (due ceremonies or formalities).
The name Justus means Just.