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Onesimos
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Onesimos is the name of the slave mentioned in Paul’s Letter to Philemon; he is also the reason why Paul wrote this letter to Philemon. Onesimos is mentioned in only one other New Testament writing, namely the Letter to the Colossians (4:9), where he is called “a faithful and beloved brother,” and depicted as “one of you,” that is, one of the Christians in Colossae. Furthermore, the Letter to the Colossians creates the impression that Onesimos acco…

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Tolmie, D. Francois, “Onesimos”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 20 April 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7993_eeco_SIM_00002461>
First published online: 2018
First print edition: 20180827



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