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Paul, Philemon
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The shortest Pauline letter is also one of the least known. Its theological interest is poor. It looks like a private letter in which Paul intercedes with a friend to solve a domestic problem between him and his slave. In addition, the letter suffers from some opacity about the nature of the problem. So that many wonder: how could th…

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Focant, Camille, “Paul, Philemon”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 10 May 2021 <>
First published online: 2020

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