Author: The apostle Paul (1:1).
Date: Probably around AD 63, when Paul was imprisoned in Rome.
In Ten Words or Less: Paul begs mercy for a runaway slave converted to Christianity.
Details: Philemon is a “fellowlabourer” (1:1) of Paul, a man who has “refreshed” (1:7) other Christians with his love and generosity. But the apostle writes with a deeper request—that Philemon forgive and take back a runaway slave, who apparently accepted Christ under Paul’s teaching: “my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds” (1:10). “If thou count me therefore a partner,” Paul wrote to Philemon, “receive him as myself” (1:17).
From Know Your Bible, published by Barbour Publishing, Inc. Used by permission.