[ fi-lee-muhn, fahy- ]
/ fɪˈli mən, faɪ- /
an Epistle written by Paul. Abbreviation: Phil.
a person who was probably a convert of Paul and to whom this Epistle is addressed.
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How to use Philemon in a sentence
The whole of the little Epistle to Philemon may be read, to show the position of the early church on slavery.
Philemon bends above old Baucis at the High School gate, though hitherto they have been sycamores.
Its character may be compared to the honey with which the author crowns the miraculous hoard of Baucis and Philemon.
Paul's epistle to Philemon does not, from its very-nature, seem intended for publication.
Mr. Henson is obliged to face the story of Onesimus, the runaway slave, whom Paul deliberately sent back to his master, Philemon.
British Dictionary definitions for Philemon (1 of 2)
noun New Testament
a Christian of Colossae whose escaped slave came to meet Paul
the book (in full The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to Philemon), asking Philemon to forgive the slave for escaping
British Dictionary definitions for Philemon (2 of 2)
Greek myth a poor Phrygian, who with his wife Baucis offered hospitality to the disguised Zeus and Hermes
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