Philemon Introduction - Scofield Reference Notes

Bible Comments
  • Book Introduction - Philemon

    Writer : The Apostle Paul (Philemon 1:1).

    Date : Probably A.D. 64. It is one of the Prison Epistles. See Introductions to Ephesians and Colossians.

    Theme : Onesimus ("profitable"), a slave of Philemon, a Christian of Colosse, had robbed his master and fled to Rome. There he became a convert through Paul, who sent him back to Philemon with this letter. It is of priceless value as a teaching

    1. in practical righteousness;

    2. in Christian brotherhood;

    3. in Christian courtesy;

    4. in the law of love.

    The divisions are four

    1. Greeting (Philemon 1:1-3).

    2. The character of Philemon (Philemon 1:4-7).

    3. Intercession for Onesimus (Philemon 1:8-21).

    4. Salutations and conclusion (Philemon 1:22-25).