A Letter of Commendation
Romans 16 appears to be a letter of commendation that commends Phoebe, a deacon of the church at Cenchrea. Such letters were a way of establishing trust in a person you had never met before (cf. 2 Cor. 3:1).
some debate about whether this chapter was original attached to the letter to
the Romans or whether it was originally intended to the Ephesian
church. Some wonder whether Paul
would have known so many people at