Philippians, Colossians, Philemon


in Wisdom Commentary Series

by Alicia J. Batten

Pages 326
Publisher Liturgical Press
Published 2017
ISBN-13 9780814682005
Taking into account historical, structural, and rhetorical dimensions of Philemon, Alicia J. Batten argues against the "runaway slave" hypothesis that has so dominated the interpretation of this letter. Paul asks that Onesimus be treated well, but the commentary takes seriously the fact that we never hear what Onesimus's wishes may have been. Slaves throughout history have had similar experiences, as have many women. Like Onesimus, their lives and futures remain in the hands of others, whether those others seek good or ill.


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