Composition of the Epistle of Paul to Philemon


Approximate date: 60-62 C.E.

Time period: Paul’s first imprisonment in Rome, during an era of runaway slaves

Author: the Apostle Paul

Location of author: Rome (majority), Ephesus or Caesarea (minority)

Target audience and location: Philemon, from Colossae or Lycus Valley

Theological Summary: The author of the letter to Philemon is identified in the text as the Apostle Paul (vs. 1, 9, 19), and there are presently no serious challenges to genuine Pauline authorship of the letter among either conservative or liberal interpreters. The letter to Philemon is commonly classified among the Prison Epistles (also including Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians). The Epistle to Philemon is the shortest of all of the Pauline letters.

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