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There are none but the most extreme who doubt that the Apostle Paul wrote the letter to Philemon, as the letter claims.

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The letter was probably written in the early 60's (if written from a Roman imprisonment), or late 50's (if from the Ephesians imprisonment). Nevertheless, it is clear that the letter was probably written at the same time as the letter to the Colossians.

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  • 1-3 Paul and Timothy, to Philemon, Apphia, Archippus and to the church that meets in your home: Grace and peace to you from God and Jesus.
  • 4-7 I always thank my God for your faith and your love.
  • 8-22 I appeal to you to welcome Onesimus, who became my son while I was in chains, as you would welcome me. If he has done you any wrong, or owes you anything, charge it to me. One thing more: prepare a guest room for me, as I hope to be restored to you.
  • 23-25 Epaphras, Mark, Aristarchus, Demas and Luke send greetings. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.


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