The Letter to Philemon

Joseph A. Fitzmyer

The Letter to Philemon
The Letter to Philemon

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Series: Anchor Bible
Categories: Philemon
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4.875 out of 5 based on 4 user ratings
Jim Rosscup September 20, 2008 4.5 5
danny September 18, 2008 5 5
Stand alone commentaries on Philemon are few and far between (Barth & Blanke being another), which has caused Fitzmyer's work to fall between the cracks. Fitzmyer offers some interesting thoughts regarding the occasion of the letter. He argues that Onesimus has not run away from Philemon, but rather is seeking Paul to intervene on his behalf, though the letter doesn't tell us what problem arose between Onesimus and Philemon. Paul is writing from an Ephesian imprisonment, probably a few years before he writes Colossians (where Onesimus is mentioned as a faithful brother). He also has an informative discussion on slavery in Paul's time. If you're working through Philemon or even studying the institution of slavery in NT times, you should definitely consult Fitzmyer.

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