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Key Facts

  • Philemon was written by the Apostle Paul, most likely from Rome while he was under house arrest
  • Written to a key leader in the church at Colossae, a landowner named Philemon
  • c. 61 A.D.
  • Paul wrote Philemon on behalf of Philemon’s runaway slave, Onesimus. Somehow, Onesimus had found his way to Paul in prison and Paul had led him to faith in Jesus. Paul sends him back to Philemon and pulls out all the persuasive stops in his letter, appealing to Philemon on Onesimus’ behalf. Thus, the letter is a compelling picture of how the gospel ought to affect the practical relationships of everyday life.

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