Philemon, The Letter of Paul to

▪ epistle by Saint Paul
also called  The Epistle Of Saint Paul The Apostle To Philemon,  

      brief New Testament letter written by Paul the Apostle to a wealthy Christian of Colossae, Asia Minor, on behalf of Onesimus, Philemon's former slave. Paul, writing from prison, expresses affection for the newly converted Onesimus and asks that he be received in the same spirit that would mark Paul's own arrival, even though Onesimus may be guilty of previous failings. While passing no judgment on slavery itself, Paul exhorts Philemon to manifest true Christian love that removes barriers between slaves and free men. The letter was probably composed in Rome about AD 61.

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Paul, the Apostle, Saint — ▪ Christian Apostle Introduction original name  Saul of Tarsus  born 4 BCE?, Tarsus in Cilicia [now in Turkey] died 62–64, Rome [Italy]  one of the leaders of the first generation of Christians, often considered to be the second most important… …   Universalium

  • Philemon — • A citizen of Colossae, to whom St. Paul addressed a private letter, unique in the New Testament, which bears his name. Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Philemon     Philemon    …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Philemon, Paul's epistle to — The shortest of Paul s extant letters; it is an appeal to Philemon, written while Paul was in prison, begging Philemon to be merciful to the runaway slave Onesimus, who had been converted to Christianity (verse 16) and sought refuge with Paul.… …   Dictionary of the Bible

  • Philemon (New Testament person) — Philemon was the recipient of a private letter from Paul of Tarsus. This Epistle to Philemon, is found in the New Testament. Traditionally, Philemon is believed to have been a resident of Colossae in Phrygia. [CathEncy|wstitle=Philemon] However,… …   Wikipedia

  • The Apostolic Fathers —     The Apostolic Fathers     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► The Apostolic Fathers     Christian writers of the first and second centuries who are known, or are considered, to have had personal relations with some of the Apostles, or to have been so… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • The Church —     The Church     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► The Church     The term church (Anglo Saxon, cirice, circe; Modern German, Kirche; Sw., Kyrka) is the name employed in the Teutonic languages to render the Greek ekklesia (ecclesia), the term by which… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • The Way International — Founder(s) Victor Paul Wierwille Location New Knoxville, Ohio, U.S. Origins October 3, 1942 [1] Vesper Chimes radio program[2] Key peopl …   Wikipedia

  • Paul, the Apostle — A formidable theologian sometimes even regarded as the founder of Christianity inasmuch as it was Paul, apostle to the Gentiles, who laboured that the Church should be an authentically international and intellectually coherent community whose… …   Dictionary of the Bible

  • PHILEMON, EPISTLE TO —    a short letter by Paul to a member of the Church at Colossæ on behalf of a slave, Onesimus, who had deserted his service, gone off with some of his property, and taken refuge in Rome, but had been converted to Christ, and whom he begs not to… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • The Blessed Trinity —     The Blessed Trinity     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► The Blessed Trinity     This article is divided as follows:          I. Dogma of the Trinity;     II. Proof of the Doctrine from Scripture;     III. Proof of the Doctrine from Tradition;… …   Catholic encyclopedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.