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Easton's Bible Dictionary
An inhabitant of Colosse, and apparently a person of some note among the citizens (Colossians 4:9
; Philippians 1:2
). He was brought to a knowledge of the gospel through the instrumentality of Paul (19), and held a prominent place in the Christian community for his piety and beneficence (4-7). He is called in the epistle a "fellow-labourer," and therefore probably held some office in the church at Colosse; at all events, the title denotes that he took part in the work of spreading a knowledge of the gospel.
These dictionary topics are from M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain.
Easton, Matthew George. Entry for 'Philemon'. Easton's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ebd/p/philemon.html. 1897.