(klem' ant) GREEK: KLEMENTOS

The colleague and friend of the apostle Paul, Clement lived in a Christian community at Philippi in Macedonia, the first established in Europe. Paul called Clement and others there "fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life" (Philippians 4:3).

There are scattered references in the Old Testament to a heavenly registry of God's elect, but Paul may have been drawing an analogy between civic registries of the time and a divine list of believers, residents of what he called "our commonwealth (that) is in heaven" (Philippians 3:20). Early authorities confused the Clement of Philippi with Peter's third successor as bishop of Rome, author of a first-century letter to Corinth included in some early Bibles.

{E2 Dictionary of Biblical People}

Clem"ent (?), a. [L. clemens; -entis; cf. F. clment.]

Mild in temper and disposition; merciful; compassionate.


-- Clem"ent*ly, adv.


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