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Philemon

[fi-lee-muh n, fahy-] /fɪˈli mən, faɪ-/
noun
1.
an Epistle written by Paul.
Abbreviation: Phil.
2.
a person who was probably a convert of Paul and to whom this Epistle is addressed.
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British Dictionary definitions for Philemon

Philemon1

/faɪˈliːmɒn/
noun (New Testament)
1.
a Christian of Colossae whose escaped slave came to meet Paul
2.
the book (in full The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to Philemon), asking Philemon to forgive the slave for escaping

Philemon2

/faɪˈliːmɒn/
noun
1.
(Greek myth) a poor Phrygian, who with his wife Baucis offered hospitality to the disguised Zeus and Hermes
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Word Origin and History for Philemon

masc. proper name, in Greek mythology a pious man, husband of Baucis; from Greek philemon, literally "loving, affectionate," from philein "to love" (see philo-).

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Philemon in the Bible

an inhabitant of Colosse, and apparently a person of some note among the citizens (Col. 4:9; Philemon 1:2). He was brought to a knowledge of the gospel through the instrumentality of Paul (19), and held a prominent place in the Christian community for his piety and beneficence (4-7). He is called in the epistle a "fellow-labourer," and therefore probably held some office in the church at Colosse; at all events, the title denotes that he took part in the work of spreading a knowledge of the gospel.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Encyclopedia Article for Philemon

poet of the Athenian New Comedy, elder contemporary and successful rival of Menander

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