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Questions about Paul's letter to Philemon. This personal letter was written to Philemon on behalf of a converted, runaway slave name Onesimus.

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Would it be correct to say that Bible's Philemon makes a case for abrogation/abolishing of slavery?( or is that a stretch?)

In United States Of America, slavery( and also racial segregation) was a painful part of history. Therefore, Would it be correct to say that Bible's Philemon makes a case for abrogation/abolishing of ...
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Onesimus was a brother in the flesh of Philemon?

Philemon 1:16 no longer as a slave but more than a slave—a beloved brother [Onesimus], especially to me [Paul] but how much more to you [Philemon], both in the flesh and in the Lord. Were Philemon ...
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In whose home did the church meet in Philemon 1?

1 Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our dear friend and fellow worker— 2 also to Apphia our sister and Archippus our fellow soldier—and to the church that meets in ...
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Why was Epaphras in prison? [closed]

Philemon 1:23 Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends you greetings. What was the charge?
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In Philemon 1:12, is Paul ignoring Deuteronomy 23:16?

[Deu 23:15-16 NLT] (15) "If slaves should escape from their masters and take refuge with you, you must not hand them over to their masters. (16) Let them live among you in any town they choose, ...
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In Philemon 11, is Paul making a pun from Onesimus' name?

Given the name Onesimus means "profitable or useful" and Paul writes in vrs 11: [Onesimus,] who once was unprofitable to thee, but now is profitable to thee and to me: Is Paul making a pun with ...
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Did the author of Colossians know Paul’s Epistle to Philemon?

The majority of critical scholars now believe that Colossians was written in Paul’s name decades after his death. Are the parallels between Colossians 4:14-17 and Philemon 23-24 sufficient evidence ...
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Where was Paul imprisoned when he wrote Philemon?

Several times in the letter to Philemon, Paul mentions his chains or his imprisonment. In verse 10 he mentions that Onesimus became his son while Paul was in chains. Where was Paul imprisoned when he ...
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How sure can we be that Archippus was a church leader?

Paul twice mentions Archippus. In Philemon he is a fellow soldier, and, in Colossians, he has some sort of ministry to fulfill. Colossians 4:17 "Say to Archippus, "Take heed to the ...
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Is Philemon tongue in cheek (sarcastic)?

When I read Philemon, it seems overwhelming tongue in cheek, like Paul is cheerfully goading his friend, Philemon. Here's the relevant part (with my comments in italics): 8 Therefore, although in ...
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Meaning of ἡ κοινωνία τῆς πίστεώς σου in Philemon 6

What is the meaning of ἡ κοινωνία τῆς πίστεώς σου in Philemon 6? I have seen it rendered fellowship, sharing, communication, et cetera, but I haven't been able to clearly ascertain Paul's meaning&...
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Is Paul suggesting that Philemon release Onesimus from slavery?

The key passage in Philemon 1:15-16 (ESV): For this perhaps is why [Onesimus] was parted from you for a while, that you might have him back forever, no longer as a bondservant but more than a ...
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