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Philemon - Introduction

Book Introduction - Philemon

SCOFIELD REFERENCE NOTES (Old Scofield 1917 Edition)

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The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to Philemon

WRITER: The Apostle Paul ( 1:1 )

DATE: Probably A.D. 64. It is one of the Prison Epistles. See Introductions to Ephesians and Colossians.

THEME: Onesimus ("profitable"), a slave of Philemon, a Christian of Colosse, had robbed his master and fled to Rome. There he became a convert through Paul, who sent him back to Philemon with this letter. It is of priceless value as a teaching

(1) in practical righteousness;

(2) in Christian brotherhood;

(3) in Christian courtesy;

(4) in the law of love.

The divisions are four

I. Greeting 1-3.

II. The character of Philemon, 4-7.

III. Intercession for Onesimus, 8-21.

IV. Salutations and conclusion, 22-25.