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Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

Chapter 1

Book Overview - Philemon

by John & Jacob Abbott


AT the same time that Paul sent his Epistle from Rome to the churches at Ephesus and Colosse, he wrote this letter to Philemon, apparently an officer of the church at Colosse, to be conveyed by Onesimus, his servant, who had fled from his master, and made his way to Rome, where he had been converted to Christianity under the ministry of Paul. The letter states to Philemon the circumstances of the case, and enjoins upon him to receive his servant again, though not now as a servant, that is, as a slave, but as a Christian brother.

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Sunday, October 13th, 2019
the Week of Proper 23 / Ordinary 28
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