This brief, intensely personal letter was written to Philemon, a wealthy Christian slave-owner in Asia Minor’s Lycus Valley. In it Paul appealed to Philemon to welcome back Onesimus, a runaway slave who had been converted under Paul’s ministry. The letter is a dramatic example of how the Gospel unites people of every social class in Christ.
OUTLINE OF CONTENTS
|I.||Thanksgiving and Prayer||Phile. 1–7|
|II.||Plea for Onesimus||Phile. 8–22|
|III.||Greetings, Benediction||Phile. 23–25|