🔼The name Phoebe: Summary
- Bright, Prophet
- From the adjective φοιβος (phoibos), pure, bright or radiant.
🔼The name Phoebe in the Bible
The one and only Phoebe mentioned in the Bible is a worker in the church of Cenchrea, which was the name of a port in Corinth, which is a city in Greece. Phoebe is mentioned only once in the Bible, by the apostle Paul in his letter to the Romans (Romans 16:1). From the text we may deduct that she was on her way to the church in Rome, and quite possibly served as a carrier of Paul's letter.
🔼Etymology of the name Phoebe
The name Phoebe is the feminine version of the masculine name Φοιβος, Phoebos, which is an alias of Apollo. This name is identical to the word φοιβος (phoibos), meaning pure, bright or radiant.
According to Liddell and Scott — An Intermediate Greek-English Lexicon, the word phoibos is also used to mean prophet. The related word φοιβητης (phoibetes) means prophet as well, and φοιβησις (phoibesis) means inspired.
The Phoebe means Radiant, Pure, Bright or Prophet.