Paul urges philemon to challenge social barriers and establish new realities of conduct and fellowship his letter is nevertheless a disturbing text that has been used to justify slavery though brief, the letter to philemon requires and rewards close scrutiny. The epistle of st paul to philemon is preceded by his letter to titus and followed by the letter to the hebrewsthe letter to philemon is one of the 4 captivity epistles, along with ephesians, philippians, and colossians in the new testament of the bible. Paul, a prisoner of christ jesus, and timothy our brother, to philemon our dear friend and fellow worker— philemon 1:1 we should note here that in this letter to a dear friend, paul drops his usual title of apostle. Paul wrote this letter to philemon, a believer in colosse who, along with others, was a slave owner (cfcol 4:1 for slavery in the nt see note on eph 6:5) one of his slaves, onesimus, had apparently stolen from him (cf v 18 ) and then run away, which under roman law was punishable by death.
Author: the book of 1 timothy was written by the apostle paul (1 timothy 1:1) date of writing: the book of 1 timothy was written in ad 62-66 purpose of writing: paul wrote to timothy to encourage him in his responsibility for overseeing the work of the ephesian church and possibly the other. It was written around 62 ad whilst paul was imprisoned in rome the letter is addressed to philemon, an old friend of paul's who he had converted during his time at colosse a runaway slave had made his way to rome, and by chance, or god's design, the slave belonged to philemon. Yet paul's argumentation in the letter reveals a much different hierarchy: paul, the spiritual father of both philemon (19) and onesimus (10), appeals to the one to receive the other, not as a slave but as a brother (16. In this letter paul will appeal to philemon regarding a runaway slave who has met jesus and found refuge with paul in the customs of that day, philemon's wife apphia was the supervisor of the slaves in the household, so the letter concerned her also.
I introduction (philemon 1-3) paul, imprisoned for the sake of christ, along with timothy, greets philemon and others in his house church with an expression of their mutual bond of grace and peace that comes from god the father and the lord jesus christ. 4 general introduction poetic structures of parallelism in an era of virtually no punctuation, not even spaces between words, sentences, and paragraphs, and when all letters were capital letters, paul used internal structures of symmetrical parallelism. V1 paul, a prisoner of christ jesus, and timothy our brother are writing this letter we are writing to philemon our fellow worker and friend, whom we love very much v2 and we are writing to apphia our sister and to archippus our fellow soldier. We don't know how philemon and apphia responded to this unusual letter, but the tone of paul's letter (and his confidence in sending onesimus back to his master) suggest that paul expected his request to be granted.
Paul is setting philemon up for the body of his letter: when philemon shares his faith so as to have a full understanding of every good thing we have in christ (6 [niv]), he will begin to see the incongruity of slavery and christianity. Two are written to timothy, and the last is written to titus because these letters are for specific individuals, they include more specific instructions than the other letters paul considers timothy and titus to be his sons in the faith (1 ti 1:2 tt 1:4. Interesting facts about philemon - 1 timothy - titus - 2 timothy - philemon • he was converted to christ by paul paul writes the letter to philemon and. He explains the inclusion of apphia, archippus, and the church as, due to paul's courtesy since the bulk of the letter is addressed to an individual (philemon, p 268, 306 see also bruce, paul: apostle, p 405), but this does not seem to be dealing with the evidence well. When the galatians fell away so quickly from the gospel of grace paul had preached to them, they also made clear their disloyalty to paul's authority as an apostle therefore, paul began the letter to the galatians by spending two chapters defending that very issue.
1 paul opens the letter with whom it is from himself and timothy timothy not his literal brother, but his spiritual brother he also mentions who the letter is to philemon, a friend of his and fellow worker, that being one who is in fellow service to the church. He urges philemon to accept onesimus back as a brother and perhaps even send him back to paul as a free man paul is joined by timothy paul addresses the letter to philemon and apphia and archippus. Paul's letter to philemon paul, a prisoner of christ jesus, and timothy our brother, to philemon our dear friend and fellow worker, to apphia our sister, to archippus our fellow soldier and to the church that meets in your home: grace to you and peace from god our father and the lord jesus christ.
1 name of the writers 1 paul, a prisoner of jesus christ and timothy our brother (1:1) 2 name of the recipient 1 to philemon our dear friend and fellow worker, to apphia our sister, to archippus our. Book of philemon: forgiveness shines like a brilliant light throughout the bible, and one of its brightest spots is the tiny book of philemon in this short personal letter, the apostle paul asks his friend philemon to extend forgiveness to a runaway slave named onesimus. The letter of paul to titus: the letter of paul to titus, a new testament writing addressed to one of paul's close companions, titus, who was the organizer of the churches in crete it, and the two letters of paul to timothy, have been called pastoral letters because they deal principally with heresies and church discipline. It's widely believed that paul's letter to the colossians was written in 62 ad, during paul's imprisonment in rome (around the same time he wrote his epistles to the ephesians and philippians.
With a few practical admonitions and a prayer for god's blessing on the philippian church, paul closes the letter philemon the epistle to philemon, a very short letter dealing with only one topic, certainly was written by paul onesimus, philemon's runaway slave, had in some way contacted paul and come under the influence of the christian gospel. The epistle to philemon ph1lemon was perhaps a native, and certainly a resident, of the city of colosse, one of the colossian christians, therefore, to whom the epistle to the colossians was written.
2 timothy was definitely written after the other prison letters of colossians and ephesians luke and demas are with paul in col 4:14, but in 2 tim 4:10-11 demas has forsaken paul and only luke remains with him. Our discussion of the structure and content of paul's epistle to philemon will follow the outline of the letter itself beginning with the salutation in 1-3, then continuing with paul's thanksgiving for philemon in 4-7, and paul's petition on behalf of onesimus in 8-21, and finally concluding with final greetings in 22-25. A:the epistle to philemon was written by the apostle paul, in addition to romans, 1 corinthians, 2 corinthians, galatians, philippians and 1 thessalonians the epistles of ephesians, colossians, 2.