ver. 2.0.14.04.23
Finding the new version too difficult to understand? Go to http://classic.studylight.org/
Problem finding something? Get the StudyLight-HowTo PDF file or read the "Frequently Asked Questions"

Smith Bible Dictionary

Philemon, the Epistle of Paul to,

Additional Links
is one of the letters which the apostle wrote during his first captivity at Rome A.D. 63 or early in A.D. 64. Nothing is wanted to confirm the genuineness of the epistle: the external testimony is unimpeachable; nor does the epistle itself offer anything to conflict with this decision. The occasion of the letter was that Onesimus, a slave of Philemon, had run away from him to Rome, either desiring liberty or, as some suppose, having committed theft. (Philippians 1:18 ) Here he was converted under the instrumentality of Paul. The latter; intimately connected with the master and the servant, was naturally anxious to effect a reconciliation between them. He used his influence with Onesimus, ver. 12, to induce him to return to Colosse and place himself again at the disposal of his master. On his departure, Paul put into his hand this letter as evidence that Onesirnus was a true and approved disciple of Christ, and entitled as such to received, not as a servant but above a servant, as a brother in the faith. The Epistle to Philemon has one peculiar feature --its aesthetical character it may be termed --which distinguishes it from all the other epistles. The writer had peculiar difticulties to overcame; but Paul, it is confessed, has shown a degree of self-denial and a fact in dealing with them which in being equal to the occasion could hardly be greater.

Copyright Statement
These files are public domain.

Bibliography Information
Smith, William, Dr. Entry for 'Philemon, the Epistle of Paul to,'. Smith Bible Dictionary. http://www.studylight.org/dic/sbd/view.cgi?n=3419. 1901.

Search for…
Enter query in the box below
 or 
Choose a letter to browse:
A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M 
N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  Y  Z 

 
Prev Entry
Phile'mon,
Next Entry
Phile'tus
ADVERTISEMENT
ChristianBook.com

The Earth Is the Lord's The Bible, Ecology and Worship
by Dianne Bergant, Edward Foley

23% Off Details

Retail price: 12.95
CBD Price: 9.99

Black Woven Organizer Bible Cover, Large

18% Off Details

Retail price: 27.99
CBD Price: 22.99

The Christian Life: A Doctrinal Introduction
by Sinclair B Ferguson

20% Off Details

Retail price: 10.00
CBD Price: 7.99

Rediscover Lent, Audio CD
by Matthew Kelly

30% Off Details

Retail price: 19.99
CBD Price: 13.99

Read with Me Bible for Toddlers
by Doris Wynbeek Rikkers

31% Off Details

Retail price: 12.99
CBD Price: 8.99

Gospel Handles
by Francis C. Rossow

Details

CBD Price: 29.99

Who's Who in the Jewish Bible
by David Mandel

22% Off Details

Retail price: 30.00
CBD Price: 23.49

To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient contact form
Powered by Lightspeed Technology