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Verbum et Ecclesia

On-line version ISSN 2074-7705
Print version ISSN 1609-9982

Verbum Eccles. (Online) vol.30 n.1 Pretoria  2009




Onesimus - 'n wegloopslaaf? Oor die ontstaansituasie van die Filemonbrief


Onesimus - a runaway slave? The origin of the Letter to Philemon



D F Tolmie1

Universiteit van die Vrystaat




It is often assumed that Onesimus (mentioned in Paul's Letter to Philemon) was a runaway slave, but in many instances the arguments supporting such a hypothesis are neither provided nor critically examined. A scrutiny of research in this regard indicates the complexity of the matter. In this article various theories on the origin of the Letter to Philemon are discussed and evaluated. The article is concluded by suggestions for making a well-founded decision in this regard.



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1 Prof D F Tolmie, Hoof: Departement Nuwe Testament, Fakulteit Teologie, Universiteit van die Vrystaat, Bloemfontein.

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