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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
The relation between the apostle and Philemon was so close and intimate that Paul does not hesitate to press him, on the basis of it, to forgive his slave, Onesimus, for stealing and for running away. See PHILEMON ,
Tradition makes Philemon the bishop of Colosse ( Apostolical Constitutions , vii, 46), and the Greek Martyrology (Menae) for November 22 tells us that he together with his wife and son and Onesimus were martyred by stoning before Androcles, the governor, in the days of Nero. With this the Latin Martyrology agrees (compare Lightfoot, Ignatius , II, 535). This evidence, however, is unsatisfactory and cannot be trusted as giving unquestionable facts as to Philemon. The only sure information is that in the epistle bearing his name.
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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Philemon'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/p/philemon.html. 1915.
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