The Bible Project | – Overview: Philemon

Watch our overview video on the book of Philemon, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. In this letter, Paul helps his friend Philemon to reconcile with his escaped former slave Onesimus and shows that they are equals because of Jesus.

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  1. You’re research, understanding and articulation of the books of the Bible is profound. Your artistic style makes it extremely easy for visual learners to retain the narrative. Excellent work!

  2. Suppose we view this from the Law's perspective. We have 1. Hebrew Slave, 2. a kinsman, & 3. the stranger who sojourns with us. The Hebrew slave is a Christian but not a kinsman. The kinsman is a Christian, but is viewed as a family member, & a stranger is neither a brother nor a Christian, and should not receive the rights a non-kinsman Christian slave would. A kinsman would be treated as a family member who fell on hard times. See Exodus 21:2-11, 20-21; Deuteronomy 15:12-18; Leviticus 25:35-55.

  3. Jesus is King. Put your trust in Him, establish a personal relationship with Him, forsake your sins and seek His forgiveness. For His yoke is light and He provides peace even in the worst situations. This life will never satisfy you, material items cannot keep you happy, but Gods love will give you meaning.

    God bless you and be safe.

  4. Excellent artwork and you are correct in saying that the length of the letter (or lack of it) is deceptive regarding its deep content. Two minor points: Philemon ( at least in the nominative) is pronounced, not like Feyeleemon but like Fillaymoan. The other is you did not mention Paul’s joke (verse 11) when he makes a play on words with Onesimus’ name.