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Epistle to Philemon
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One of four so-called Prison Letters attributed to the Apostle Paul (the others are Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians). Philemon is Paul’s shortest letter (only 335 words in Greek) and the only one that he sends to an individual rather than to an entire church. The letter addresses Philemon concerning his runaway slave, Onesimus, who apparently became a Christian through Paul’s ministry (Phlm 10). Philemon appears to have hosted the church at Colossae, since that is where Paul sends Onesimus (Phlm 2; Col 4:8–9).
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Philemon, Letter to
Philemon, Letter to One of four so-called Prison Letters attributed to the Apostle Paul (the others are Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians). Philemon is Paul’s shortest letter (only 335 words in Greek) and the only one that he sends to an individual rather than to an entire church. The letter addresses
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Philemon, Epistle to
PHILEMON, EPISTLE TO. One of the epistles of St. Paul that now stands as the 18th book of the NT (between Titus and Hebrews).A. Orientation to the Letter and Its InterpretationB. Authorship and RhetoricC. Legal Context and ObligationsD. The Letter’s StoryA. Orientation to the Letter and Its Interpretation.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Captivity Epistles
Captivity Epistles The traditional designation of the four Epistles of Paul written while he was in prison or under house arrest, viz., Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon. See Philemon, Epistle to III, for a general discussion.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Philemon, Letter to
PHILEMON, LETTER TO The shortest of Paul’s Prison Epistles.PreviewAuthorOriginRecipientBackgroundPurposeTeachingAuthor In keeping with his custom and with the contemporary canons of the epistolary genre, the apostle Paul identifies himself as the author of this letter. He says that he
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Philemon, Letter of Paul To
Philemon, Letter of Paul to, the shortest of Paul’s letters. It is a personal letter, though not a private one, addressed to a prominent individual, his household, and congregation.Contents: After a brief salutation and blessing (vv. 1–3), Paul offers a prayer of thanksgiving for Philemon’s faith and
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Philemon, Epistle to (Writing)
PHILEMON, EPISTLE TOOccasion and PurposeThis briefest of Paul’s letters was precipitated by two things: the flight of a slave Onesimus (q.v.) from his master Philemon q.v., who resided at Colossae in the Lycus Valley of Asia Minor, and the conversion of Onesimus through the instrumentality of Paul.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Philemon, Letter to
Philemon (Gk. Philḗmōn), Letter toPaul’s briefest preserved correspondence, in its comparative brevity more like the majority of preserved ancient Greek letters than Paul’s other writings. Unlike Paul’s other letters, Philemon does not deal with theological controversies or ethical difficulties in
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Philemon, Letter to (Writing)
Philemon, Letter to. †The eighteenth book of the New Testament, a letter from the apostle Paul to Philemon, a Christian of Colossae.Paul writes this letter as a prisoner (Phlm. 1, 23), probably while he is under house arrest in Rome and able to receive visitors with few restrictions (Acts 28:30;
Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
Philemon, Letter To
Philemon, letter toPhilemon is the shortest (335 words in Greek) and most personal of the letters belonging to the Pauline corpus. Despite the literary, historical and interpretive problems the letter raises for modern scholarship, it offers a fascinating window not only on a corner of the social world
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Philemon, Letter To
PHILEMON, LETTER TO The shortest of Paul’s letters in the New Testament. Paul addresses Philemon, a wealthy man from Asia Minor, concerning a runaway slave, Onesimus, who had escaped from Philemon. Paul appeals for Philemon’s mercy and kind treatment of Onesimus on his return.
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