The letter is addressed to philemon apphia and archippus and the church in philemons house philemon is described as a fellow worker of paul philemon is described as a fellow worker of paul. Philemon is the shortest of pauls letters more like a postcard its also the most personal its also the most personal in his letter paul reminded philemon and us that christ is the renewer of hearts. Philemon 11a indicates that paul wrote the letter to philemon with timothy 12 given the personal nature of the letter and the fact that only the first person singular occurs in it it seems that paul is the principal writer. The letter to philemon the new international commentary on the new testament scot mcknight on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers the academy of parish clergys 2018 top five reference books for parish ministry pauls letter to philemon carries a strong message of breaking down social barriers and establishing new realities of conduct and fellowship. The letter to philemon is one of the 4 captivity epistles along with ephesians philippians and colossians in the new testament of the bible in this short letter paul appeals to philemon to take back his runaway slave not just as a slave but as a brother in christ
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