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[ih-ras-tuh s; German ey rahs-too s] /ɪˈræs təs; German eɪ ˈrɑs tʊs/
[tom-uh s;; German toh-mahs] /ˈtɒm əs;; German ˈtoʊ mɑs/ (Show IPA),
1524–83, Swiss-German theologian.
a male given name: from a Greek word meaning “lovable.”. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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masc. proper name, Latin, literally "beloved," from Greek erastos, verbal adjective of eran "to love" (see Eros).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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beloved. (1.) The "chamberlain" of the city of Corinth (Rom. 16:23), and one of Paul's disciples. As treasurer of such a city he was a public officer of great dignity, and his conversion to the gospel was accordingly a proof of the wonderful success of the apostle's labours. (2.) A companion of Paul at Ephesus, who was sent by him along with Timothy into Macedonia (Acts 19:22). Corinth was his usual place of abode (2 Tim. 4:20); but probably he may have been the same as the preceding.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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