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For all the NT occurances of κοινωνία (and some translations) see here. When Paul says κοινωνία (“fellowship” or “partnership”) he is using a word taken from the world of business. Think of partners today in a law firm. They share in the responsibility to make the business work, to make money. They share in the risk that it might fail—and if it fails then ...


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See W.E. Oesterley's older but helpful discussion in The Expositor's Greek Testament (1897), vol. 4, p. 206, who with the majority of older scholars opted for seeing this imprisonment of Paul belonging to Rome rather than Caesarea. The more recent view is that the Roman location presents logistical problems, and that an Ephesian imprisonment is the more ...


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Not explicitly... First of all, I agree with your understanding that Onesimus is an escaped slave belonging to Philemon. There's support for this in verse 15 (all quotes are NASB): For perhaps he was for this reason separated from you for a while If Onesimus had been sent by Philemon, there would be no reason for Paul to propose a reason for the ...


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Yes, absolutely. Paul starts his plea with verse 10, showing that Onesimus was previously a useless slave. However, he has found favor with Paul and now Paul is trying to convince Philemon of his usefulness: Philemon 1:10-11 (NASB) 10 I appeal to you for my child Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my imprisonment, 11 who formerly was useless to you, ...


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It seems the opening of the letter to Philemon gives us the best probability of who Archippus was. “To Philemon our beloved fellow worker and Apphia our sister and Archippus our fellow soldier, and the church in your house:.” J.B. Lightfoot ponders quite a bit about this person, first he concludes with fair certainty that he was the child of Philemon and ...


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Just for fun, I'll chip in here. I had to write a brief, final paper for a course on NT studies in which I summarized a few different hermeneutical approaches to Philemon. The purpose of the paper was to simply demonstrate/summarize the approaches and not to definitively answer all questions regarding Philemon. Caveat completed. Paper Link Paul is ...


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Murray Harris in his commentary gives an in-depth consideration of this question. The renderings he offers which seem most plausible to me are: "Your fellowship with Christ that is characterizes by faith" "Your sharing in the faith" "Our fellowship with you as believers" "Your faith, that enables you to share in Christ" "Your generosity, which arises from ...



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